U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 37-year-old female asked:

Cough, loss of taste and smell. had a head cold for about a week. cough started 4 days ago, not sever. loss of taste and smell also about 4 days ago, chest feels tight?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louise Andrew
A Verified Doctoranswered
Emergency Medicine 48 years experience
Get checked for Covi: The loss of taste and smell is a very specific sign and strongly suggests Covid-19 infection. This does not mean you will get very sick; but if there is a clinic where you can be tested, get it done. Meanwhile, drink at least one glass of water every hour while awake, wear a mask, avoid ill or elderly persons, wash hands frequently, and if any shortness of breath, be seen immediately. Good luck!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Get Eval: Please consult with your PCM & get assessed for COVID 19 testing. COVID 19 Sx's may include fever, cough, feeling tired, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, chills, chest pain, nasal congestion, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. Get urgent care for difficulty breathing, blue lips, persistent chest pain/ pressure or new onset confusion.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jul 4, 2020


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.