Loss Of Smell Or Taste Emerges As Possible Precursor To Some COVID-19 Cases
AILSA CHANG, HOST:
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include a high fever and shortness of breath.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
But losing your sense of smell and taste - well, a team of British doctors citing anecdotal evidence from around the world believe that these might also be symptoms.
CHANG: They say people who suddenly can't smell or taste may want to self-isolate for a week, even if they have no other symptoms.
SHAPIRO: So if you can't smell the curry cooking on your stove...
CHANG: Or the cup of coffee right under your nose...
SHAPIRO: ...You might be an unknown carrier of the coronavirus.
CHANG: And you might want to stay home. It's what the doctor ordered.
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