Smell test: US base in South Korea tries new way to sniff out coronavirus

A driver takes a smell test as part of coronavirus screening measures at Camp Henry, South Korea, Friday, April 3, 2020. WESLEY AKERS/U.S. ARMY
A driver takes a smell test as part of coronavirus screening measures at Camp Henry, South Korea, Friday, April 3, 2020. WESLEY AKERS/U.S. ARMY

Smell test: US base in South Korea tries new way to sniff out coronavirus

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — The Army garrison in Daegu, the center of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak, is trying a new way to sniff out people who may have the respiratory disease — a smell test.

Beginning Friday, people trying to enter U.S. installations in the southeastern city were being randomly asked if they can smell apple vinegar as part of the health screening process that has been in place since the outbreak began on Feb. 20.

“We are now performing random smell tests at the entrance gates of Camps Walker, Carroll and Henry to help better detect personnel who may be infected by COVID-19,” the garrison said Friday on its Facebook page, using the virus’ official name. “Those personnel who cannot detect the screen will be further screened.”

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