Recovered from covid but still experiencing loss of smell

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I was confirmed to have the virus in late March and only tested negative in early May. My sense of smell and taste fluctuated a lot during those times, only properly returning at end April. However, for the past month, my sense of smell and taste has been really weird. It smells strongly like a mixture of spiced grease, fried garlic and coffee grounds to me. Food smells really offputting and tastes really bad as well. I've only tasted my food properly for about seven times ish for the past month? Is anyone else experiencing the same issue? I'm super worried.

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    That is annoying. But you have to keep positive and trust that it will come back.

    My neurological symptom is insomnia. I've had trouble sleeping for the past 14 weeks. I think that's worse haha.

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    Hi,

    Yes! I'm in week 12 and not yet recovered from virus symptoms but my husband had mild covid in mid March and still complains he can't fully smell and taste and that he has a weird smell of garlic in his nose...heard people say they have a smoke smell but not heard garlic yet. You are not alone it seems!

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      Hi!

      I have the same garlic smell in my nose almost always now!! Other than that, no other smell or taste except basic sweet and salty tastes.

      It's frustrating tbh

      Did it get better in your case? How long does it take for it to return to normal?

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      Hi,

      It was my husband who lost taste/smell. He doesn't have the garlic smell anymore and is able to smell and taste a lot more although it's not perfect. This is after 6 months.

      He does get moments when something will taste off still but is mainly ok and not too bothered.

      You should get it back soon too.

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      Hang in there you'll be ok.

      Lots of people have had these symptoms and have recovered.

      Consider yourself lucky you didn't get it when we did in March when no one could tell us what to expect, those days were tough!

      There's so much more info around now.

      Wishing you better!

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    khaitarou,

    I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who is experiencing this problem. I also recovered from Covid a few months ago keep smelling a strong horrible odor coming from just about everywhere and everyone. For some reason everyone I come in contact with has an awful odor of garlic and kitchen cleaner, such as Fantastik or Mr. Clean cleaning spray. My refrigerator and freezer smell terrible. I cleaned them out and replaced the baking soda and they still stink.

    When I go into a store I smell this terrible odor but what is most problematic is everything I cook and eat smells disgusting. I ate something out of my refrigerator the other day and I almost gagged and had to spit it out. The other day after my son took a shower there was this horrible odor coming from him when he walked past me. This has never happened before. He has great hygiene but I can't stand the smell.

    This problem seems to be getting worse by the day so I decided to make an appointment with my doctor. Some people may think this is funny but as far as I'm concerned this is no laughing matter. BTW, I am going to print out your post and show this to my doctor because I have a feeling she may think this problem is because I'm not showering or doing my laundry.

    Take care and please understand you are not alone.

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    Strange situation i have ever heard.

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