One of the most unusual symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) infection is the loss of a sense of smell and taste. I learned about this yesterday from a friend in Italy who I’ve been so worried about. She finally confessed that she likely had it two-three weeks ago and is normalizing. Symptoms included profound fatigue, fevers, and cough. Her most peculiar symptoms, however, were a profound loss of smell and taste. She sanitized her flat, but did not smell the bleach. She watched garlic browning on the stove, but could not smell it. Nor could she taste these strongly scented vegetables like garlic or fennel. Fortunately, all of her symptoms are resolving. She is one of the lucky ones.