The new type of coronavirus combines features that were previously encountered in a number of other viruses, but separately. This is its most unusual property, said the virologist, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Virology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Novosibirsk State University, Professor Sergei Netesov.
“Many are convinced that the loss of smell is exclusively a feature of this coronavirus. But at least 20 viruses have the same property. They enter the body by the respiratory route, through the nose, and there are the endings of the main olfactory nerves, which are affected by the virus. Almost always, when a person recovers, the sense of smell is restored. Dysregulation of the immune system is also not a novelty, it is also observed with other infections, "- quotes the expert" Lenta.ru ".
Earlier, the country's leading doctors asked their colleagues to stop the widespread practice of prescribing antibiotics for COVID-19, especially for patients with mild course who are treated at home. "The uncontrolled and in most cases unnecessary use of antibiotics for coronavirus can cause consequences that are more dangerous than the pandemic itself," reads an open letter signed by reputable medical associations in Russia. Specialists from the Russian Ministry of Health also warned against "prophylactic" antibiotics.