Vertigo and hearing loss during the COVID-19 pandemic - is there an association?
Dear Editor, Concurrent with the global outbreak of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), exceeding numbers of new cases with smell and taste disorders have been reported from Asia and Europe, prompting the possibility of direct neuropathic effect of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) as the likely underlying mechanism. Post-viral olfactory dysfunction is a wellknown disease entity caused by several families of viruses, including betacoronoviridae. Akin to the effects of viruses on neural pathways of olfactory sense, post-viral vertigo or hearing loss are known sequelae of viruses that can cause vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. For instance, the DNA of herpes simplex virus has been found in the vestibular.