Last Friday, during his daily intervention, Jerôme Salomon, the director general of Health, underlined the fact “that the national council of the ORL reported the resurgence of cases of brutal anosmia, which corresponds to the disappearance of the smell, without nasal obstruction or discharge. It is advisable to note this sign, which is quite rare, to call your doctor. ” The doctor also mentioned, in “rarer” proportions, cases of loss of taste. As much “still preliminary” data, which would be “linked to the virus”, he added with caution, still indicating that the first results show that these are “mild forms of infection” and observed ” in young subjects “.
For its part, the National Professional Council of the ORL specifies that one “does not know if the nose washes are a risk of viral dissemination along the airways”. The document tells doctors that “it is therefore recommended not to prescribe in this context, especially since these anosmias / dysgeusias are not usually accompanied by a disabling nasal obstruction”.
“Digestive symptoms, confusional state …”
In addition, a new study from China highlights the prevalence of digestive symptoms in patients infected with the new coronavirus. According to this survey, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, on 204 patients followed, average age 55 years, “almost half (48.5%) went to hospital for various digestive disorders such than diarrhea (29.3%), vomiting (8%) or abdominal pain (4%) “. A total of seven patients had digestive symptoms, but no respiratory symptoms. As the severity of the disease increased, the digestive symptoms became more and more pronounced.
In France, following several deaths attributed to the coronavirus in Ehpad, the Directorate General of Health has warned that “forms with digestive symptoms, confusional state, initially non-febrile, are often in the foreground in the elderly” and appear to be related to the Covid-19.