It took Rudy Gobert’s positive test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, to spark much of the action we’ve seen take place across the sports world.
The NBA suspended its season, which was followed by the NHL, MLS and MLB doing the same. The NCAA canceled March Madness altogether.
Yet, Gobert faced plenty of criticism for how he carried himself in the days leading up to his diagnosis. He jokingly touched recorders and phones after a press conference to make light of the coronavirus outbreak and tested positive two days later – something he apologized for in his first health update.
Now that Gobert is nearing the two-week mark since he tested positive for the coronavirus, he took to Twitter to offer another update. And he’s experiencing a side effect that hasn’t been widely associated with COVID-19.
Gobert tweeted on Sunday that he has lost his sense of smell while battling the virus. He asked if others had experienced the same thing.
According to a report in The New York Times, British medical experts identified anosmia (the loss of ability to smell) and ageusia (taste) as possible signs of the coronavirus – even when no other symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath are being experienced.
Gobert seems to be among the people experiencing those symptoms.