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2021 Jun 26

BMC Infect Dis



Presence of gustatory and olfactory dysfunction in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kusnik A, Weiss C, Neubauer M, Huber B, Gerigk M, Miethke T, Hunter N, Rotter N, Ludwig S, Schell A, Ebert MP, Teufel A
BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jun 26; 21(1):612.
PMID: 34174816.


The unexpected outbreak of the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused more than 49 million cases and an estimated 2,000,000 associated deaths worldwide. In Germany, there are currently more than 2,000,000 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases including 51,800 deaths. However, regional differences also became apparent and with the second wave of infections, the detailed characterization of COVID-19 patients is crucial to early diagnosis and disruption of chains of infections.