A loss of taste and smell has become a telltale sign of a coronavirus infection for many, experts have said, with a new study published this week finding just how common this is for those who have suffered from a mild case of COVID-19.
In a study published on Tuesday in the Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers found that some 86 percent of people with a mild case of the coronavirus lost their sense of taste and smell.
The study involved more than 2,500 patients across 18 European hospitals.
“[Olfactory dysfunction] is more prevalent in mild COVID-19 forms than in moderate-to-critical forms,” the researchers said in the study, noting that according to their research, 75 percent to 85 percent of people regained their ability to taste and smell two months after their infection, while 95 percent of patients regained their ability to taste and smell at six months.
An estimated 5 percent of patients, however, still had not regained this ability by six