19-year-old Maryn Short filmed a video of her trying a drink from Starbucks she saw on TikTok and after the first sip, she realized she couldn’t taste much. “This has no flavor,” she said as she takes a second sip, and then the realization that she most likely has COVID settled in because she couldn’t taste the drink.
In the video, she explains that she saw a drink on TikTok and decided to try it out. Then as she continues to try to drink, saying it has no flavor, she connects the dots when she puts her hand over her mouth and the text on the video reads, “I woke up with a stuffy nose but I thought it was normal allergies.”
“Do I have COVID?” she asks herself as she continues to sip on the drink. “Hang on… I can’t taste anything,” she says as she nervously laughs and grabs her phone. She spoke with Buzzfeed News about the experience and what she could make out when trying the drink.
“It was almost like I was drinking sweet milk. I could tell it was sweet, but there was no flavor at all,” Short told Buzzfeed, “It was really strange. It’s hard to describe.”
She explained to Buzzfeed that she has three part-time jobs and barely gets out of the house other than going to work or buying groceries. She didn’t really have many other symptoms, just some congestion but didn’t think too much of it.
She didn’t think too much into the idea that she might have COVID and brushed off her symptoms, considering they might be something else. But then, one symptom was hard to hide from.
“I almost was wondering if [the barista] put too much heavy cream in it. And then I really thought about it, and I was like, Oh my goodness,” she told Buzzfeed News.
Sure enough, she went to go get a rapid test and the test results came back positive. When she spoke to her mom about the video, her mom didn’t think it was sending the right message because, at the time, she hadn’t gotten tested.
“My mom asked me to take it down because at the time I didn’t know I had COVID. She was like, ‘Look, if you haven’t gotten tested yet, take it down.’ So I did,” Short said. She feared it would be sending the wrong message. But in the end, she put the video back up.
Currently, the video has been seen over three million times and has over 800,000 likes.
“I’m glad I did put [the TikTok] back up because a lot of people that were commenting said I made people realize they should get tested. Whenever people think of COVID, especially kids my age, we’re told to please stay safe for our elders. I don’t think people think about people in their teens or twenties getting COVID.”
Lead image screenshot: @mcfluflu/TikTok.