Rudy Gobert's coronavirus plight: Can't smell anything

Tanya Simon
March 24, 2020

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert was among the first professional athletes in major American sports to contract the coronavirus and subsequently brought the National Basketball Association and every other USA league to a halt.

Gobert updated fans in a Twitter post where he asked followers if any of them had experienced similar symptoms.

The conditions, which are called anosmia for a lack of smell and dysgeusia, for a lack of taste, have been found in patients who tested positive but have displayed no other signs of Covid-19 symptoms.

But in recent days he has had to cope with additional symptoms.

"Just to give you guys an update, loss of smell and taste is definitely one of the symptoms, haven't been able to smell anything for the last 4 days", Gobert wrote.

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It's now been almost two weeks since Gobert tested positive and while the Frenchman initially had no symptoms or side effects, that's changed over the last four days and counting.

Since then, the 27-year-old has publicly urged everyone to take precautionary measures.

Gobert had confirmed his positive test on March 12 following the postponement of Utah's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Most people would have had sympathy for him but because he was reckless prior to his positive test, people began to make fun of him. He has also donated $500,000 to Jazz arena workers and other people affected by coronavirus.

The Nets players testing positive included superstar Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined all season recovering from injury.

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