Doctors Investigating Reports of Loss of Smell And COVID-19 Doctors around the world are sharing stories of patients losing their sense of taste or smell — and testing positive for the coronavirus. Is it a real symptom of COVID-19? There isn't scientific evidence for that. But the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is gathering anecdotal information to find out more. Short Wave's Maddie Sofia and Emily Kwong talk about science during a pandemic.
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Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus

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Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus

Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus

Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus

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Doctors around the world are sharing stories of patients losing their sense of taste or smell — and testing positive for the coronavirus. But is it a real symptom of COVID-19?

There isn't scientific evidence that loss of smell is a symptom of COVID-19, but the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is gathering anecdotal information through an online reporting tool to find out more. Short Wave host Maddie Sofia talks with reporter Emily Kwong about how the speed of their response reflects the urgency of this pandemic, as science tries to keep pace with the spread of this coronavirus.

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This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.