According to the report of the Daily Mail, researchers from the Louisiana Center of Sinus and Nose Experts examined 2 thousand people to determine the relationship between the sense of taste and Kovid-19.
In the study, the Kovid-19 test was performed on the participants, who were divided into 3 groups as those who do not perceive bitter tastes, those who are sensitive to bitterness, and those who have an average taste.
As a result of the study, it was revealed that people who do not perceive bitter tastes have a higher risk of contracting the virus compared to people who are sensitive to bitter tastes.
Scientists have suggested that individuals sensitive to bitter tastes may produce more nitric oxide, which could damage any coronavirus particles.
The leader of the research team, Dr. Henry Barham noted that the bitter taste receptor T2R38, located in the taste buds of the tongue, responds when stimulated by producing nitric oxide to help prevent or kill further growth of viruses in the respiratory mucosa.
Within the scope of the study, it was stated that people sensitive to bitter tastes were also less likely to be hospitalized due to the virus.
Details of the study have been published in the Jama Network Open magazine.