COVID Recoveries still struggling with sense of smell

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While coughing, shortness of breath, and fever are commonly recognized as symptoms of COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also warns of a new loss of taste or smell.

Some sufferers of this symptom can even feel its effects for months after their diagnosis.

Two recovered individuals- Emily Welsh and Samira Jafari- fell into this category and spoke with CNN News about their experience.

“The smell went from returning gradually, slowly, mildly to just taking a very bad turn,” said Jafari. “You go through that ‘maybe it’s just a weird day’. Maybe something is just spoiled. Maybe the coffee is rancid and then you realize it’s not. I thought there was really something going on in my house. I really thought something died in my garage.”

Welsh, reporting a similar experience, commented “It’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve been smelling that burning plastic smell when I eat or shower, brush my teeth.”

In a recent study published by The JAMA Network, researchers found that about 90% of patients who lost their sense of taste or smell improved within a month. However, nearly 11% reported their symptoms remained unchanged or even worse.

Researchers say there is still a lot left to learn about COVID-19 and how it affects the senses.


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