COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Coronavirus is a group of viruses that each cause a type of respiratory infections, including the common cold.
SARS-CoV-2 was discovered in 2019 and has spread rapidly throughout the world. Though researchers are still studying how the virus spreads, it’s theorized that the virus is spread through saliva droplets after someone with the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks.
Data indicate that you need to be in close contact (less than six feet) with an infected person to catch the virus.
COVID-19 symptoms vary in type and severity. Some of the most common symptoms include:
You may benefit from a nasal test for COVID-19 if you’re experiencing symptoms such as:
Many respiratory infections cause a loss of taste or smell. It occurs when the virus causes irritation and inflammation in the nasal and nasopharyngeal cavity.
Loss of taste or smell is a very common symptom in people with COVID-19, affecting up to 80% of those who test positive for the virus. Though researchers are still learning about COVID-19, people who experience a loss of taste or smell may have a milder case of COVID-19.
If you’re experiencing a loss of taste or smell, along with other common COVID-19 symptoms, then you may benefit from coronavirus testing. Your primary care provider or the team at Getuwell can determine if you would benefit from testing.
Getuwell offers COVID testing that takes about five minutes. They use the molecular-based rT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test, which carries the highest sensitivity for COVID-19 and is less likely to provide a false negative result.
You can expect your results within 2-3 days.
To discuss COVID-19 testing for your loss of taste or smell, call Getuwell or request an appointment online today.