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  • Writer's pictureCian Sullivan

Loss of taste and smell a strong predictor of COVID-19

Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine researchers have just published data from Emergency Department (ED) attendances in Victoria and Tasmania during the beginning of the “second wave” throughout July – the largest study yet of patients attending EDs with suspected COVID-19. The study revealed that contact with a positive case of COVID-19 or a loss of smell or taste are good predictors of someone with the virus.

The COVID-19 Emergency Department (COVED) Quality Improvement Project is a world-first program developed by Monash University researchers to help hospital emergency departments rapidly identify and predict the outcomes of patients with COVID-19 infection.

The project, led by Monash researcher and emergency physician at the Alfred Hospital, Associate Professor Gerard O’Reilly, has just published its latest data in the journal, Emergency Medicine Australasia.

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