According to the latest anecdotal reports it is said the COVID-19 is affecting the sense of smell among people. WHO officials also claim that they have been reported cases having similar feature. But this isn’t confirmed yet.
Having said that if the COVID-19 virus does kill olfactory cells there are stem cells in the nose lining which can make replacement cells. According to the cases in Italy, many recovering patients have reported that their sense of smell came back within 7-14 days. Same is the experience of the patients in the UK.
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According to the Washington Post, a team from Josh Hopkins University, analyzed 1000 of samples and found out that only 4-10 genetic differences of the cases from the USA. Italian research also came up with the similar results. As per the findings, it is believed that if the vaccine is made it will work out for some time. It is however, still a question that how stable human immune system is in response to the virus and people who are affected already will have the chances of being reinfected in the long term.
As the lockdown measures are still effective, the hopes of a normal life are weak as the lockdowns might prolong for months. The lockdown in Wuhan, China was relaxed when the cases dropped and the lockdown resulted in number of new cases by 24%.
With the increasing evidence regarding the virus, men are more likely to die from the virus as compared to women. This was initially assessed in China when the fatality among men was 2.8% as compared to women with 1.7%. The same findings came out in other countries. Even in Spain it was reported that men died twice the rate of women.
The main reason is that men usually smoke more than women because half of the men in China smoke compared to 2% of women. Same trend has been followed in different countries as the proportion rate of smokers among men is more than women and women’s immune system are better to overcome the virus. However, Chinese are still researching about why virus is more vulnerable to men and what could be the behavior or lifestyle factors that are affecting men and not women.