If you suddenly can’t taste or smell properly anymore, it could mean that you are infected with the coronavirus. Researchers at Wageningen University, Netherlands, are therefore now developing a special home test. “This will allow people to test whether they smell and taste better or worse, and follow how it develops,” says Sanne Boesveldt, associate professor at the Wageningen University Human Nutrition & Health Department. As soon as people lose their sense of smell or taste, they should immediately go into home isolation or quarantine to limit further spread of the virus. The home test will be available before the summer.

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Author profile picture Arnoud Cornelissen has for many years been writing about science and technology in, among others, various Dutch newspapers.