Her reaction, captured in a TikTok video, shortly went viral, garnering three million views in just a few days, BuzzFeed first reported.
“This has no flavor,” she said in the video, which started out with a description of the drink. “Why can’t I taste it? Do I have COVID?”
Short told TODAY Food that it took her a moment to realize that she had contracted the coronavirus, which is surging across the country.
“I didn’t think about COVID immediately, when I realized I couldn’t taste,” she said. “I initially thought maybe there was too much creamer in the drink … I know heavy cream could kind of overpower the taste of some coffee, so I just figured that was what it was. The first time I was like ‘This has no flavor.’ And then I took a second sip and … I was like ‘Wait a second. Do I have COVID?'”
After that, Short got tested twice, once with a laboratory test and once with a rapid test. Both came back positive, and she documented the experience of both of them on TikTok in an effort to encourage others to get tested if they showed symptoms of the virus.