Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert loses sense of smell due to COVID19

Following the identification of a new, rather peculiar, a symptom of the coronavirus, Gobert has lost his sense of smell and ability to taste as he continues to recover.

On Friday, British ear, nose and throat doctors called for all adults who had lost both their sense of taste and smell to self-isolate for seven days even if no other symptoms were present. Although the published data is limited, there is enough cause for concern to raise such a warning in the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gobert was the first NBA star to test positive for the virus last week and took to Twitter to address fans about these new symptoms and ask if they too had experienced them.

“Just to give you guys an update, loss of smell and taste is definitely one of the symptoms,” he wrote.

“I haven’t been able to smell anything for the last four days. Anyone experiencing the same thing?”

Gobert confirmed his positive diagnosis on March 12 after the postponement of the Utah-Oklahoma City Thunder game. Shortly after, the NBA was suspended indefinitely with team-mate Donovan Mitchell also testing positive in the aftermath. 

Critics were quick to slam the French athlete after he appeared to mock the seriousness of the situation during a press conference where he touched all of the reporter’s mics before his diagnosis. The 27-year-old seemed remorseful in the days following, donating $500,000 to part-time employees of the Utah Jazz and coronavirus-related services.

Gobert became one of ten NBA players confirmed to have contracted the virus, with Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant also appearing on the list.

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