US Surgeon General: Loss of taste, smell helps differentiate COVID-19 from flu

US Surgeon General: Loss of taste, smell helps differentiate COVID-19 from flu


Amid the alarming spike in coronavirus cases nationwide, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said the one symptom that can help people differentiate between COVID-19 and the flu is the loss of taste and smell, according to a report.

“If you get that symptom, then you need to be reaching out to your health provider right away and going in and getting a COVID test,” Adams said Saturday on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Asked why the pandemic – which has infected almost 11 million people and killed more than 245,000 in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University – has surged to such a degree, Adams attributed it to “pandemic fatigue.”

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“The virus hit different places of the country at different points, and so you’ve had people who’ve been doing these things since February, March, April, but they didn’t really start to see the wave until later on. And they’re just plain tired,” he said.

Adams, the head of

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