In December 2019, the first case of the Novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) was reported in Wuhan, China. As 2023 is on the doorstep, it’s pretty unbelievable that we’ve surpassed the hardest three years of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.
The pandemic era was one of the most challenging times that humans faced in their existence. It brought a histrionic loss in human life and even turned the whole world upside down.
Also, the social and economic turmoil caused by the pandemic was catastrophic. It affected the day-to-day life of people and thus slowed the global economy.
The disease largely affected the global population and created considerable uneasiness globally with its pestilent nature. As a result, researchers around the globe are working hard researching the virus, COVID-19, which doesn’t have any intention to leave human life freely anytime soon.
As of the records, this deadly virus has affected more than 200 countries and cleared out around half of the population.
What Does The New Study Say?
From the latest research, it is discovered that loss of taste and smell from COVID-19 reduces the risk of reinfection. Also, it is learned that people who encountered this weakness due to COVID-19 infection have attained double the amount of neutralizing antibodies than others who were infected but at the same time could smell and taste normally.
In the initial days of the pandemic, people started determining whether they are infected with COVID-19 or not by their sense of smell and taste. It was considered the first symptom of COVID-19 infection.
When people start experiencing loss in these senses, they disconnect themselves from others for the fear of spreading the disease to others. But as the virus underwent a transition, the symptoms also changed.
Right from the beginning of the outbreak itself, scientists are head over heels for researching the virus. This even included studies that were conducted to find the connection it had with the senses of smell and taste. Later, it was confirmed that the loss of senses is a symptom of COVID-19.
As per the study published lately, it is learned that loss of smell and taste while infected with COVID-19 was experienced more by men rather than women. Also, these men seemed to have high antibody levels.
A study was carried out between April 2020 – June 2020 with the help of plasmas donated by 306 adults who recovered from the infection. Out of these, half of them had faced issues with their sense of smell while the others had issues with their sense of taste.
When compared with others who never experienced any impact from the disease, the level of antibodies had great variations.
The study was carried out with the aim of learning more about the strength of the antibodies produced and their levels. This helps the scientists in improvising the COVID-19 treatment format and diagnosis procedures.
As of the latest research, it was noted that around 43% – 62% of people infected by COVID-19 had issues with their senses of smell and taste.
In most cases, people who experienced these symptoms had faster recovery than others. But, on the other hand, the olfactory and gustatory loss lasted for about a month and more. Whereas, while considering as a whole, only 1 out of 10 hasn’t recovered from the infection within two months.