Coronavirus taste tests are gaining popularity on social media to challenge the lost senses

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Teens and young adults who have contracted the novel coronavirus have taken to social media to share their experience with a specific symptom – loss of taste.

Some have even turned to platforms like TikTok to document this lost or hindered sense with video taste tests, according to the New York Post.

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Shannon Roche, 25, realized she had lost her sense of taste when she bit into sour cream and onion chips over the summer.

“After realizing I couldn’t taste it I went to spray myself with perfume to see if I could smell it and when I couldn’t smell anything I knew I had COVID and that’s where I went. get tested, ”she said. Fox News. On July 8, she received her confirmed diagnosis and was able to figure out that she had caught it from her roommate.

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The discovery led Roche and his roommate to TikTok, where they posted videos of themselves testing different foods to see the extent of their symptoms. The couple’s first video has garnered more than 180,500 views and shows Roche testing his taste buds against vodka, soy sauce, ginger and turmeric, hot sauce and lime.

Roche and his roommate also performed blindfolded tests where they tried to guess what foods they were enjoying.

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TikTok user Shannon Roche and her roommate have tested positive for COVID-19 and have taken taste tests with various foods. (Shannon Roche)

Likewise, Cammie Cooke, 19, made a TikTok “COVID food review” video after discovering her own diagnosis in late August.

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“I saw other people trending taste testing on TikTok, and thought it would be fun to do with my taste and smell loss in quarantine,” she told Fox News when asked if coronavirus taste testing was all the rage at his age. group. “Since I couldn’t leave my apartment, I had to entertain myself somehow, and the taste testing trend did the trick!”

Cooke’s single video has since racked up 10,100 views and shows the Auburn University student sampling photos of Texas Pete Hot Sauce, el Jimador Tequila, apple cider vinegar, and a spoonful of chopped garlic.

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And it’s not just TikTok users who are fascinated by the early symptom of coronavirus to post about it. YouTube videos on the subject date back to March, which range from sit-down chats and ASMR-style taste tests.

TikTok user Cammie Cooke poses with garlic, apple cider vinegar and hot sauce for her COVID food review. (Cammie Cooke)

Not being able to taste or smell the food would be possible symptoms that could appear two to 14 days after a person was exposed to the virus, according to the CDC.

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Dr Zara Patel, associate professor of otolaryngology at Stanford Medicine, says the loss of taste and smell occurs because viruses like COVID-19 target the cranial nerves or mucous tissue, which are essential to these critical senses.

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