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People Are Showing How Little They Can Taste 'Due To Coronavirus'

People Are Showing How Little They Can Taste 'Due To Coronavirus'

People have been videoing themselves eating different foods to show how little they can taste due to Covid-19.

Among the symptoms of the deadly disease are a loss of taste and smell, which have allowed people to neck all sorts of strong flavours, from lemons and mustards, to whiskies and vinegars, without so much as a tickle.

And with people now stuck at home during lockdown, they have been taking to social media to demonstrate how the virus has affected their palette.

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Former Soccer Am presenter Andy Goldstein kicked things off this week when he shared a video Twitter.

In the clip, the 46-year-old says: "I just thought I'd show you how bad my 'I don't have any smell or taste' scenario is, because I think I had 'it'. I don't know if I did but two weeks ago I had some mild symptoms, a cough, a temperature, a headache, and that all went after about three or four days.

"But last Wednesday, all of a sudden I went 'I can't smell anything, I can't taste anything'."

The DJ then goes on to cut into a lemon and an onion, placing slices in his mouth, before claiming he could taste "nothing".

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And if that wasn't enough, he then washes it all down with a cheeky shot of vinegar and, guess what, same result. Weird, right?

Amy couldn't taste anything, and she tried really hard. Credit: Amy Mitchell
Amy couldn't taste anything, and she tried really hard. Credit: Amy Mitchell

But Andy isn't alone, there were plenty of others who piled into the comments showing how, what they believe is Covid-19, has been affecting them.

Over several clips, Amy Mitchell gives a lengthy demonstration of just how messed up her taste buds have become - eating not only a lemon and an onion, but she also necks a dollop of hot sauce, a shot of tequila, a hefty measure of vinegar, some whiskey, and a shot of vodka.

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She doesn't even flinch.

Mustard had no effect on Adam at all. Credit: Adam White
Mustard had no effect on Adam at all. Credit: Adam White

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Adam White also carried out his own sensory experiment after suddenly finding himself unable to smell.

And despite chucking back some mustard, chili pickle, and some strong whiskey, he didn't feel a thing, either.

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The same went for fellow non-tasters Charlotte and Billy from @AnotherRhythmUK.

Earlier this week, Gary Lineker's son George also videoed himself downing a glass of vinegar to show what it's like on 'day 12 of not smelling or tasting anything'.

The news comes as the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology warns loss of taste and smell may be a symptom of coronavirus, even if more common signs aren't present.

The 'most common symptoms' listed on the NHS and government websites are the recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature.

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Billy couldn't taste the lemon. Credit: @AnotherRhythmUK
Billy couldn't taste the lemon. Credit: @AnotherRhythmUK

However, speaking at today's coronavirus press briefing, Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the loss of taste and smell should be something people 'take into account'.

Vallance said: "The symptoms that the Chief Medical Officer has outlined - and the ones that you should self-isolate on - are a persistent new cough or fever.

"Loss of taste and smell is something that can happen with other respiratory viruses.

"It does seem to be a feature of this from what people are reporting and it is something that people should take into account as they think about their symptoms.

"I think it's for the Chief Medical Officer to decide at what point, if any, diagnostic change takes place in terms of self-isolation.

"Those symptoms we are learning about for this disease are the ones that will get more information on over time but a new cough or fever captures the vast majority of people with this illness."

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our series, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Featured Image Credit: Amy Mitchell

Topics: UK News, Coronavirus

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