Coronavirus clusters: the French Quarter during this year’s New Orleans Mardi Gras. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

On February 15th a merry crowd wearing clown wigs and jester hats gathered in the town hall of Gangelt, a small German town nestled by the Dutch borde(...)

In the last week, British ear, nose and throat doctors  called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days. Photograph: iStock

A mother who was infected with the coronavirus couldn’t smell her baby’s full nappy. Cooks who can usually name every spice in a restaurant dish can’t(...)