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Physicians around the world are taking note of COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of smell, known as anosmia, or taste, known as ageusia, write Steven Munger and Jeb Justice, University of Florida chemosensory researchers who study these disorders. While it’s too soon to know for sure whether losing your ability to smell or taste things is in fact a symptom of this new disease, Munger and Justice offer some insight on what to do if that happens to you.

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Is the loss of your sense of smell and taste an early sign of COVID-19?

Steven D. Munger, University of Florida; Jeb M. Justice, University of Florida

Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.

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