GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – As people get sick with COVID-19, they tend to lose their sense of smell and taste. For some people, it takes months for those feelings to return – longer for others to go away.
Studies have shown that approximately 83% of people who detect positive corona virus lose their smell and taste.
“It̵7;s one of those things that you don’t realize until you don’t have it anymore. You don’t know what you’re using it for, ”Tamika Parrish, a now out-of-state Grand Rapids, told News 8.“ Like kids, it’s a safe thing as well. I can’t tell if something is burning. Something you don’t think about, I think about it all the time, every day now. “
She was infected with the coronavirus in August. Her first symptom was body aches. About a week later, she noticed something else.
“I took a shower and started to feel better. But then I tried to smell the soap. I don’t smell the soap and I like it. ‘This is crazy,’ ‘she said.
Her taste was affected as well. You can distinguish sweet from salty. But the rest are closed.
“Have you ever eaten uncooked food that was bland and tasteless? … Everything tastes like that, ”she explains.
Richard Strabbing, Founder Michigan ENT & Allergy Specialist In western Michigan, it says research shows that the virus causes inflammation in your nose and mouth that damages the nerves you use to enjoy the taste and smell, known as anosmia.
“It really reduces the quality of your life. Patients have basic concerns such as ‘How can I smell a gas leak? How can I smell it if there is food in my fridge so spoiled that I don’t want to feed my family?
About 30% of people with anosmia due to COVID-19 regain their smell and taste within weeks. But nowadays, doctors believe that very little will never regain those feelings. Allergies, diabetes, smoking and being over 50 reduce the likelihood of a full recovery, and the older a person is, the less likely they are to recover. Men are affected more often than women.
“I’m like that. Will it be me? Is that me?” Parrish wondered.
She was emotionless for almost six months. She said the hardest part was missing out on time with her four-year-old twins.
“I’m a very loving mother. I like to smell my hair I can’t smell it anymore, ”she said.
The frequency of symptoms means that research into anosmia has increased.Doctors believe that increased attention will lead to solutions.
For now there is no cure.
“There is no recourse for this matter. There’s nothing they can give you, ”Parrish said.“ It’s just something I have to live through and pray for, hopefully someday it will return. ”