Asymptomatic carriers are unintentionally spreading coronavirus without realizing they’re sick.
But there’s a new telltale sign that could let people know if they’ve caught it.
There’s a shocking overlooked coronavirus symptom the public has missed.
The new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China late last year is not the most deadly virus that has emerged in recent history.
SARS had a 10% death rate, MERS 30%, Ebola tops the list of most deadly at around 60% death rate for most outbreaks.
The Chinese coronavirus has a far lower death rate than any of those illnesses.
WHO estimates that the death rate is around 3.6% and when better testing emerges that number will likely drop closer to 1%.
That number is ten times higher than the seasonal flu but getting coronavirus is not a death sentence.
There are a number of scary stories circulating the internet on how bad coronavirus can be but most mild cases aren’t being tested at the moment and they don’t make good clickbait headlines.
The difference between the Chinese coronavirus and the other more dangerous illnesses is that it is harder to contain because it is so mild for many people.
If social distancing measures were not enacted quickly the virus would spread rapidly because there’s no herd immunity to stop it.
Most people will only get a mild case but it’s important to follow all state and federal social distancing guidelines to making sure that the medical system doesn’t get overwhelmed because large portions of the population get it at one time.
There’s one clue that might warn people if they’re coming down with the coronavirus.
They may lose their sense of smell.
According to the Washington Examiner:
Doctors have warned that losing the sense of smell could be a telltale sign that someone has COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Citing reports from contemporaries around the world, British ear, nose, and throat doctors on Friday called on people who have lost their senses of smell to self-quarantine for seven days, even if they have no other symptoms, according to the New York Times.
The physicians said reports from other countries have indicated large numbers of patients with the coronavirus have experienced a loss of smell. In South Korea, they said, 30% of 2,000 patients who tested positive for the disease experienced anosmia.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology said Sunday that there is growing evidence indicating that lost or reduced sense of smell and loss of taste are significant symptoms associated with COVID-19. The symptoms have been present in patients who have the coronavirus but no other symptoms.
The most common symptom of the Chinese coronavirus is still a fever which 88% of the infected get and a dry cough 67% of those who test positive get.
With the seasonal flu and allergies going around it’s hard to be certain based off of symptoms alone.
Only 10% of people who have been tested for coronavirus tested positive.
With expanding testing that will be available in the next few days it will be easier to figure out who has come down with coronavirus and stop its spread.