Lost your sense of smell? It may not be coronavirus.
Some have touted the symptom as a sign of COVID-19—but scientists have limited, inconclusive data in hand.
Does your everything bagel suddenly smell like nothing? Is your shower gel missing its coconutty aroma? Growing reports suggest that the loss of your sense of smell, a condition known as anosmia, is a symptom of COVID-19. But scientists are not yet sure.
Citing a surge of anecdotal evidence from around the world, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently suggested that anosmia and related olfactory disorders be used to screen for cases of the new coronavirus. According to the academy, reports are mounting of people who tested positive for the disease but had no noticeable symptoms—other than a mysterious loss or reduction of their sense of smell.
Other experts in the medical community have pushed back, saying the