VIVA – Based on the results of the study, anosmia or loss of the sense of smell and aguesia, loss of sense of taste, are considered the most typical and prominent symptoms in corona virus patients or COVID-19.
To be more sure and understand this symptom, Times of India, interviewed Divya Singh, who has recently recovered from COVID-19. This woman claims to have had a annoying headache for 3-4 days, and thinks it’s nothing.
However, when her brother tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing a loss of his sense of smell, he decided to take the test. When the test results prove positive, Divya also feels a loss of smell and cannot smell anything.
“My taste is also affected partly because of the lack of smell, but I can still detect the taste, although it doesn’t really stand out,” he said.
Divya can finally smell again about 4-5 days after testing negative for COVID-19. Meanwhile, her brother, who has also tested negative, still can’t smell. Even after 20 days of testing negative, he still couldn’t smell.
Explaining further about the symptoms, Divya highlighted that apart from mild headaches for 3-4 days and losing her sense of smell after that, she did not feel any other symptoms of the virus, such as runny nose, cough, fever, nasal congestion, breathing problems, etc. .
According to preliminary data published in American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), 27 percent of COVID-19 patients who experienced a loss of smell, experienced improvement in just one week. Others feel better within 10-15 days.
However, scientists still do not know exactly when to smell and taste again after recovering from a corona virus infection. While some people take 3-4 weeks, others recover faster, as in the case of Divya. However, there are also cases where people never regain their sense of smell and taste after being infected with the virus.
Many studies believe that anosmia (loss of smell) is an early warning sign of COVID-19 infection. Because SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, the scientific community still has more to learn about transmission.
The first step, you should consult an ENT specialist, if you still feel you have lost your sense of smell, after a long period of testing negative for the corona virus. Second, you can start practicing smells, to train your brain and learn to smell again.
You can start by smelling four distinct and strong scents, each for 10 seconds, twice a day. Try to remember what smell you smell like when you sniff out each fragrance.
The results showed that smelling four scents after 12 weeks could get better results quickly. Researchers have stated that focusing on remembering what a particular smell looks like before losing the sense of smell is a key aspect of practicing smell.
It is important to understand that practicing smell recognition does not guarantee a lost sense of smell will be restored. If you feel confused, it is highly recommended to consult a medical care provider.