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Sniffing out an unusually common phenomenon in COVID-19 patients

Of all the COVID-19 symptoms Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, sees in the emergency room, the loss of smell or taste is the strangest — but not because it’s caused by the virus. Other viruses are known to have the same effect. Rather, it’s because so many patients experience it and in different ways.