More than 1 million Americans may not have fully recovered from a specific COVID-19 symptom months after their infection, according to a new study.
Which COVID symptom lasts for a long time?
A new study — published in the medical journal JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery — found that more than 1 million people had not regained their sense of smell months after their COVID-19 infection.
- The study said that about 700,000 and 1.6 million Americans lost their sense of taste or had a change in their sense of smell.
- The change takes more than six months for those who have experienced a change.
- “Most of these people eventually recover their sense of smell, but the study suggests some may never do,” according to The Denver Channel.
Is the loss of smell and taste a common COVID symptom?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the “new loss of taste or smell” is one of the most common symptoms of coronavirus.
In January 2021, a study from the Journal of Internal Medicine suggested that 86% of patients with mild cases of COVID-19 “lost their sense of taste and smell.”
- The study found that 15.3% of patients did not regain their senses after 60 days.
- About 4.7% of people lost their senses after six months.
Neurology expert Leo Newhouse wrote on the Harvard Health website that people may never get it back: “Some of us may never get our sense of smell or taste back.”