COVID-19 survivors say they experience smelling ‘disgusting’ odors


  • Coronavirus survivors say that they have experienced smelling repulsive odors after losing their sense of smell.
  • The “very strange” phenomenon is called parosmia according to ear, nose, throat surgeon Dr. Nirmal Kumar.
  • Disgusting smells range from fish, burnt toast to trash.

First you lose your sense of smell.  And then after recovering from the coronavirus, it wreaks havoc on your sense of scent.  You get to smell stench and other “disgusting” odors like fish and burnt toast.

Ear, nose, and throat surgeon Dr. Nirmal Kumar said that this “very strange” phenomenon among recovered coronavirus patients is known as parosmia.

Kumar said, “This morning I saw two patients with parosmia. One said they could smell fish in place of any other scent, and the other can smell burning when there is no smoke around.”

There has been an increased incidence of parosmia in healthcare workers and survivors of COVID-19.

He says, “The virus is affecting the nerves in the roof of the nose – it’s like a shock to your nervous system, and the nerves aren’t functioning.”

One survivor, Daniel Saveski, a 24-year-old banker from London, said that the strong-smelling things have lessened his enjoyment of food.  He finds it a bit depressing to not be able to smell certain foods.    

Another survivor, Lynn Corbett said that when her sense of smell returned after three months of not having it due to the virus, “nothing smelled like it should.”

The 52-year-old said, “Most things smelled disgusting, this sickly, sweet smell which is hard to describe as I’ve never come across it before.”  She used to like the smell of coffee as she is a self-confessed coffee addict, but now she finds the aroma “unbearable.”

She now cannot tolerate the smell of gas and beer. 

However repulsive the smells may be, she is still grateful that she was able to survive the virus.

She said, “I’m okay with it, I just think myself lucky that if I did have coronavirus, which it looks like I did, then I haven’t been seriously ill, hospitalized or died from it like so many others.”

Source: New York Post

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