As knowledge about the newest coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grow, so does the list of potential symptoms. While the major and most common symptoms are still fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath, a recent plea from ear, nose, and throat specialists points to a sudden loss of smell and taste as another symptom—something which, just last week, I started experiencing.
Let me back up: Six days ago on vacation, I sat in a Costa Rican cabin eating two eggs I’d fried for breakfast before a long day of hiking in the rainforest. At first, I thought maybe eggs just weren’t so eggy in Costa Rica. But then I ate some of the reddest, most beautiful strawberries and they tasted like nothing. The fish tacos I had for dinner that night were also tasteless, and so was the next day’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But it wasn’t just my taste