Loss of Smell, Taste, Might Signal Pandemic Virus Infection

A loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the pandemic virus, say medical experts who cite reports from several countries.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the pandemic virus, say medical experts who cite reports from several countries. It might even serve as a useful screening tool, they say. The idea of a virus infection reducing sense of smell is not new. Respiratory viral infection is a common cause of loss of smell, because inflammation can interfere with airflow and the ability to…

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