For the past four days, I haven't been able to smell or taste anything. I had a very mild fever a week ago, which has now broken, and I've been left with the inability to taste or smell ever since. It really freaked me out, until I read that there is increasing evidence that suggests people who have COVID-19 experience this symptom.
I haven't left my apartment since the fever, so don't worry!!
The American Academy of Otolaryngology says there is increasing evidence that shows the loss of taste and smell are associated with COVID-19.
The New York Times reported that British ear, nose, and throat doctors are calling for adults who experience loss of taste/smell to isolate, EVEN IF THEY DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SYMPTOMS.
In the areas of Italy most heavily affected by the virus, doctors say they have concluded that loss of taste and smell is an indication that a person who otherwise seems healthy is in fact carrying the virus and may be spreading it to others.
“Almost everybody who is hospitalized has this same story,” said Dr. Marco Metra, chief of the cardiology department at the main hospital in Brescia, where 700 of 1,200 inpatients have the coronavirus. “You ask about the patient’s wife or husband. And the patient says, ‘My wife has just lost her smell and taste but otherwise she is well.’ So she is likely infected, and she is spreading it with a very mild form.”