STOCKHOLM (XINHUA) – An estimated 300,000 Swedes suffer from a reduced sense of smell due to Covid-19, TT Nyhetsbyrån reported on Sunday (October 24).
According to the report, the queues are long for clinics that offer treatment for odor loss in the country. With about 10 million inhabitants, Sweden has only two such clinics, of which the newest opened in September at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge near the capital Stockholm.
“We get patients from all over Sweden. I have been contacted from all over,” says biomedical analyst Charlotte Cervin-Hoberg in Norway Today.
The clinics used to treat odor loss due to other causes, but most who seek help now are Covid-19 patients.
According to the latest statistics released by the Swedish Public Health Agency on Friday, almost 1.166 million cases of coronavirus have been confirmed since the pandemic started. The total number of deaths approached 15,000.
The country has seen a slight increase in the number of new cases since the restrictions, such as a limited number of participants in public spaces and restaurants, were lifted on 30 September with the Council to wear face masks and, if possible, work from home, but there are currently no plans to tighten the restrictions. .
However, testing rules are still in force, although they will be relaxed on 1 November, and those who have not been vaccinated are advised to take the same preventive measures as before.
At the same time, 84.7 percent of the population aged 16 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine, while 80.1 percent had received two doses.