There have been many reports identifying the loss of sense of smell as one of the primary symptoms of COVID-19.
While some experience the loss for days, there are others who experience it for months. Then, there are some who, even months after having lived through COVID-19, still haven’t regained their sense of smell.
Anosmia is the temporary loss of smell, and not only is it the earliest and most commonly reported indicator of the coronavirus, but it’s also the main neurological symptom, according to Harvard Medical School.
Impacts on life
Your sense of smell is something you might not realize impacts you as much as it does. Just ask someone who has lost it.
According to Dr. Robert H. Shmerling in a Harvard Health blog, losing that sense can come with a cost, affecting quality of life in different aspects:
- Stimulation of appetite.
- Alerting you to foods that you shouldn’t eat, such as something that may be spoiled or rotting.
- How much you taste something.
- Warning you of danger, such as smoke with a fire.
An organization called AbScent has created the Sense of Smell Project, aimed specifically at helping people to get their sense of smell back. The company claims that smell training can be helpful in regaining sense of smell.