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You’ve survived COVID-19, but  you’ve lost your sense of  smell.

Frighteningly you are not alone.  According to a study quoted in the Australian, 86% of mild COVID-19 sufferers experience some form of anosmia [ah-NOSE-mee-ah] loss of smell, or partial loss of smell hyposmia [high-POSE-mee-ah].

While another study quoted by the New York Times says the number is closer to 77%

So you want the good news  or the bad news ?

Lets get it over with – here’s the  bad news.   Quite what is going on, and why you’ve lost your sense of smell, science can’t fully  explain yet, but they are working on it. The good news?  You survived COVID-19 and in most cases your sense of smell will return -eventually.

In Australia – we’ve been pretty lucky  [until now], locked-up behind our Covid fortress -we’ve seen COVID-19 bludgeon the world, while we’ve been relatively unscathed, and we are yet to confront this stuff.

But as the world starts to emerge from the pandemic, thousands in recovery are dealing with the terrible consequences of not being able to taste or smell.

Think about it.

Putting your life back together again- and denied one of your primary senses.

Not being able to smell a beautiful spring day, the salt in the air off Gunnamatta, or the scent of your baby’s hair.

For professionals like vignerons, chefs, bakers, the consequences can be shattering indeed career ending.

Which explains why COVID-19 survivors across Europe and North America are doing scent training-putting their noses back in touch with their brains after COVID-19 seemingly disturbs the olfactory neural pathways.

They are signing up for on-line classes, using Smell Kits, as they try anything to re-associate with taste and smell.

The New York Times quotes the case of Italian gastronome- Michelle Crippa, who pre-pandemic reputedly had one of the finest palates in all Europe- but recovering from COVID-19 realised his sense of smell and taste had gone.

In the months since he has retrained himself to retrieve some sense of taste and smell.  Employing, says the Times, ‘sensorial analysis experts who train winemakers and truffle hunters’.  Crippa, ‘ has a long way to go before getting back to his ‘former feats of smell, but he has emerged in Italy as a symbol of gastronomic resilience — and of hope that the lingering effects of COVID-19 can be surmounted.’

So, here’s the deal – don’t get COVID-19, get vaccinated – if you do get COVID-19 –you may lose your sense of taste and smell. But don’t despair, the word from Europe and North America is, with work and patience those delicious tastes, smells and aromas,  that made up your  your pre- COVID-19  world, can slowly be returned to you.

 

For More on COVID-19:

Tune into RPP FM’s Peninsula Talks each Wednesday from 11 am when host Brendon Telfer speaks with COVID-19 reporter Piers Cunningham. And join the conversation on 0412 987 987.

 

IF this subject interests you – Checkout:

‘Super Taster’ Who Lost Sense of Smell Is Helping Italians Regain It

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/world/europe/italy-coronavirus-sense-of-smell.html?referringSource=articleShare

No sense: Covid’s weirdest symptom

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/loss-of-smell-and-taste-covids-weirdest-symptom/news-story/687e7346005234f1b49d0d7abe54dfcd

 

Where to get help:

–  Use healthdirect’s Symptom Checker to decide what to do next.

–  Find a doctor near you here.

–  The Anosmia Foundation (Canada) and Fifth Sense (UK) offer information about anosmia.

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/anosmia-loss-of-smell

– Beyond Blue provides advice and support to people with depression. Call 1300 22 4636.

 

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Written by: RPP FM Helper

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