COVID-19 impact: Smell should be a criterion for entry into malls, says Bengaluru Mayor
Bengaluru Mayor Goutham Kumar said smell tests should be made compulsory in malls, adding that people who can’t smell should be tested immediately
July 28, 2020 / 04:27 PM IST
Next time you go to a mall, you might be asked to take a smell test, apart from the mandated temperature check. This comes after Bengaluru Mayor Goutham Kumar believes the smell test can help detect a person with COVID-19, India Today reported.
According to the report, Mayor Kumar said loss of smell should be checked along with temperature before they are allowed to enter the mall. “If a person can't smell things, he/she might not be allowed inside the mall,” Kumar said, adding that he will be writing to Chief Minister Yeddyurappa regarding the same.
Loss of smell and taste belong to the list of symptoms for COVID-19 mentioned by the Union Health Ministry. This is also reported by many who are infected with the coronavirus, along with more common symptoms like fever and sore throat.
This symptom is not exclusive to COVID-19. Experts believe that even this is possible when they have flu or influenza, it could be one of the early signs of the onset of the disease and prompt detection may help in early treatment, the report said.
According to the report, Kumar said smell tests should be made compulsory in malls, adding that people who can’t smell should be tested immediately and smell should also be a criterion.
As part of Unlock 1.0,
the Karnataka government allowed malls and other places to open on June 8, with social distancing norms. The center is also considering reopening
of cinemas, halls, and gyms as part of Unlock 3.0, which is slated to begin on August 1.