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Add 2 to list of coronavirus symptoms


Add losing the sense of smell and taste to what coronavirus does to people.

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, anecdotal evidence is accumulating around the world that patients who lose their sense of smell and taste ultimately test positive for COVID-19.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and just about every hospital on the planet say a dry cough, fever, and shortness of breath are associated with the coronavirus.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Monday, while handing out COVID-19 related pamphlets at the Lowe’s grocery store in Window Rock, he was not aware of that losing the sense of smell and taste were associated. He added he would confer with Dr. Jill Jim, Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Department of Health.

The academy sent the message to the CDC requesting the newfound symptoms be added to the list of coronavirus symptoms.

A Monday morning news release from the Office of the President and Vice President said 29 people living on the reservation have tested positive for SARS-CoV2.

The CDC recommends people stand at least 6 feet apart from one another, wash their hands for 20 seconds, not touch their eyes, noses and mouths, and use the bend in their arm to cover their cough.

There are no known cures for the coronavirus at this time.

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Donovan Quintero

"Dii, Diné bi Naaltsoos wolyéhíígíí, ninaaltsoos át'é. Nihi cheii dóó nihi másání ádaaní: Nihi Diné Bizaad bił ninhi't'eelyá áádóó t'áá háadida nihizaad nihił ch'aawóle'lágo. Nihi bee haz'áanii at'é, nihisin at'é, nihi hózhǫ́ǫ́jí at'é, nihi 'ach'ą́ą́h naagééh at'é. Dilkǫǫho saad bee yájíłti', k'ídahoneezláo saad bee yájíłti', ą́ą́ chánahgo saad bee yájíłti', diits'a'go saad bee yájíłti', nabik'íyájíłti' baa yájíłti', bich'į' yájíłti', hach'į' yándaałti', diné k'ehgo bik'izhdiitįįh. This is the belief I do my best to follow when I am writing Diné-related stories and photographing our events, games and news. Ahxéhee', shik'éí dóó shidine'é." - Donovan Quintero is an award-winning Diné journalist, who is based in Window Rock, Arizona. He can be contacted at


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