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‘This has no flavor’: Teen finds out she has COVID while filming Starbucks-tasting TikTok video

'Why can’t I taste it?'


Alexandra Samuels

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 5, 2020   Updated on Dec 5, 2020, 10:27 am CST

A TikToker realized she might have the coronavirus as she was trying a Starbucks drink—and realized she couldn’t taste it. 

In the video, Maryn Short, 19, reacts after taking a sip. “This has no flavor,” she says. “Why can’t I taste it? Do I have COVID?”

Short told BuzzFeed News she was expecting the drink to be “super sweet” because it consisted of whipped cream, five pumps of vanilla syrup, and three pumps of caramel. 

Her video has gone viral, with more than 700,000 likes.

In a later video, she also shared her positive test results.

Short told BuzzFeed News she’s been quarantining at home ever since. She said she thought she was dealing with congestive issues the day of filming but was startled at her inability to taste. 

“It was really strange. It’s hard to describe,” she said of the lack-of-taste sensation, which she documented in other videos.

“COVID is not funny, but I thought the video itself was funny because … I have very unfortunate events that constantly happen to me. I was like, Of course something like this would happen to me,” she continued.

Short hopes her videos will remind others to be mindful that COVID-19 can come with little to no symptoms, and she encouraged her followers to follow stay-at-home orders. 

“COVID doesn’t have an age limit. It doesn’t have an expiration date,” she said. “It’s just so new and it’s constantly evolving. Be responsible, follow guidelines—I know guidelines are different for every state, but don’t be defiant. … It really upsets me because people think they’re above whatever’s happening right now.”

H/T BuzzFeed News

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*First Published: Dec 5, 2020, 10:26 am CST