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Flu cannot smell but can taste

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: January 23, 2021 8:59 AM

suetchaw922 39 days

Hi.i am 28 yrs old female. I went to hospital last Saturday for covid test and the result out is negative. But i have flu these few days and now i cannot smell anything but can taste. Is that possible I had covid?

Dr Ramzdhan 39 days
General Practitioner


Thank you for your question. For your information, a blocked nose or flu can affect your sense of smell. This is because the mucus blocks your smell receptors. Hence, you may have difficulty in smelling and even tasting as your sense of smell is related to your sense of taste. According to WHO, the common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are:

  • Fever (more than 37.5 degrees celcius)
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Aches and pains
  • Sorethroat
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

Loss sense of taste and smell can be one of the symptoms also, but it is difficult to identify if you have COVID-19 through symptoms alone. I would also encourage you to answer this quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19 to evaluate their health status in regards to this disease. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories. Further instructions will be given at the end of the quiz. Please act accordingly.

But if you want to seek a second opinion, you may try to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC). Other than that, do practice good hand hygiene and normalize wearing face mask in public.

CPRC contact:

Boost your immune system with a balanced diet and good nutrition.

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