In mild to moderate cases of coronavirus, a loss of smell, and taste, is emerging as one of the most unusual early signs of the disease called COVID-19.
“What’s called anosmia, which basically means loss of smell, seems to be a symptom that a number of patients developed,” said Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview with CNN. “It may be linked to loss of taste, linked to loss of appetite, we’re not sure — but it’s clearly something to look out for,” Gupta said. “Sometimes these early symptoms aren’t the classic ones.”
While fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the key classic signs of contracting COVID-19, a recent analysis of milder cases in South Korea found the major presenting symptom in 30% of patients was a loss of smell. In Germany, more than 66% of confirmed cases had anosmia.
How Do You Test Yourself For Coronavirus At Home?
“Jellybean Test” – Retronasal Olfaction
You’ll need a jellybean but if you don’t have a jellybean, you can use other foods too.
- Take a jellybean in one hand, and with the other hand, you hold your nose tightly so you’re not getting any airflow.
- Put the jellybean in your mouth and chew it. If you get the savory plus the sweetness of the jellybean you’ll know you have a functional taste.
- Then, while still chewing, suddenly release your nose. If you have a sense of smell you’ll suddenly get all the odors and that will be surprising.
- If you can go from sweet and sour to the full flavor and know what the flavor is, then your sense of smell is probably in pretty good shape.
The scientific name for this process is retronasal olfaction, where the odors flow from the back of your mouth up through your nasal pharynx and into your nasal cavity.