US teen TikToker realizes she has COVID-19 when she could not taste Starbucks drink

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A US teenager realized she could have COVID-19 while filming a TikTok video when she could not taste a sweet iced coffee drink from Starbucks, according to a video that has gone viral.

Maryn Short, 19, initially posted the video on her TikTok account on December 1 but recently went viral when US media outlets picked up her video.

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According to the New York Post, Short’s iced coffee drink included five pumps of vanilla syrup, caramel drizzle, heavy cream and three pumps of caramel syrup.

While taste-testing the drink, Short took a sip before saying that the drink “has no flavor.”

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“Why can’t I taste it? Do I have COVID?” Short asks in the video.

A loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the coronavirus, according to medical experts. For many asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus, a loss of taste and smell have been an early sign to get tested.

"It was almost like I was drinking sweet milk. I could tell it was sweet, but there was no flavor at all," Short told Buzzfeed News. "It was really strange. It’s hard to describe."

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