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Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection

New York Times

By: Roni Caryn Rabin

Doctor groups are recommending testing and isolation for people who lose their ability to smell and taste, even if they have no other symptoms.

A lost sense of smell

There is growing evidence that anosmia — loss of the sense of smell — may be a coronavirus symptom. Medical experts said that people who lose their ability to smell or taste should isolate themselves for at least a week, even if they are otherwise asymptomatic. Sarah Maslin Nir, a Times reporter who covered a suburban outbreak, lost her sense of smell last week and later tested positive for the virus. She spoke to our colleague Jonathan Wolfe about her experience for our Coronavirus Briefing.

 

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