The anosmia omen

If you lost your sense of smell, you may be a corona-chan carrier:

In the areas of Italy most heavily affected by the virus, doctors say they have concluded that loss of taste and smell is an indication that a person who otherwise seems healthy is in fact carrying the virus and may be spreading it to others.

“Almost everybody who is hospitalized has this same story,” said Dr. Marco Metra, chief of the cardiology department at the main hospital in Brescia, where 700 of 1,200 inpatients have the coronavirus. “You ask about the patient’s wife or husband. And the patient says, ‘My wife has just lost her smell and taste but otherwise she is well.’ So she is likely infected, and she is spreading it with a very mild form.”

It might be useful to keep in mind, anyhow. On the plus side, the latest numbers out of Italy may indicate that the peak has been passed, as new cases are down 27 percent and new deaths are down 24 percent since March 21.