A traveller gets a nose swab for a voluntary Covid-19 test at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday. Photo: ReutersA traveller gets a nose swab for a voluntary Covid-19 test at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
A traveller gets a nose swab for a voluntary Covid-19 test at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Scientists uncover why coronavirus makes patients lose sense of smell and taste

  • Researchers say virus does not attack neurons, as originally thought, meaning sensory damage is not likely to be permanent
  • Symptom at least 20 times more likely to predict positive test than signs like fever and cough

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A traveller gets a nose swab for a voluntary Covid-19 test at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday. Photo: ReutersA traveller gets a nose swab for a voluntary Covid-19 test at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
A traveller gets a nose swab for a voluntary Covid-19 test at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
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