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HKU research may explain the temporary loss of smell in Covid-19 patients

Researchers at The University of Hong Kong have found that the Covid-19 virus appeared to infect the olfactory epithelium, an epithelial tissue inside the nasal cavity responsible for the sense of smell , of golden hamsters. The finding may explain the loss of smell reported in infected patients.

The study on the pathogenesis and transmission of the virus shows that infection in hamsters resembles that found in humans with mild symptoms.

SCMP’s Elaine Ly spoke with John Nicholls, Clinical Professor in Pathology at HKU about the team’s discovery.

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