Doctors Think This May Be the First Symptom of the Coronavirus
A fascinating new story in The New York Times tracked down growing worldwide evidence that those subtle symptoms could in many cases be harbingers of a coronavirus diagnosis. Some even went as far as to suggest that if you can’t smell the garlic and onions you’re sautéing, you should consider acting as though you have the virus for the purposes of public health.
“Almost everybody who is hospitalized has this same story,” Italian doctor Marco Metra, whose hospital is treating hundreds of COVID-19 patients, told the Times. “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.”
Experts have deemed the evidence sufficient that on Sunday, a prominent group of American head and neck doctors called for the loss of taste and smell to be added to the list of screening criteria for COVID-19.