Researchers: Loss of smell could indicate COVID-19 infection as virus brings world to standstill

People wait their turn for a blood sample in a hallway of a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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UPDATED 11:36 AM PT — Monday, March 23, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to bring the world to a standstill, new research is shedding light on some of the more uncommon symptoms in patients.

Some of the most tall tale signs of the infection are a high fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing. However, some experts have warned if you suddenly lose your sense of smell then you may want to self-quarantine immediately.

According to their findings, roughly a third of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in South Korea, Italy and China all reported losing their sense of smell even if they didn’t have any other symptoms.

Officials have said young people are especially prone to showing unlikely symptoms, including a loss of smell and taste. This means they could be quietly carrying the infection.

Nurse Jany Guedes, right, takes a sample for testing from Maria Laso at a drive-through testing site for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Doris Ison Health Center, on Friday, March 20, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

A more common way to know if you may have been infected is digestive issues. That’s according to Chinese researchers. They have said diarrhea, a loss of appetite, vomiting and abdominal pain were experienced by nearly half of coronavirus patients in the Hubei Province.

Not only that, those who did experience digestive issues had a longer window of time before being admitted to the hospital. The incubation period for the virus, or how soon you start showing signs of the infection, can be anywhere from five to 14 days.

Experts are advising anyone experiencing these symptoms to self-isolate right away to avoid potentially spreading the illness.

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