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Long COVID Symptoms may include Parosmia : Smells of Fish, Burning & Sulphur

Loss of smell is a coronavirus symptom, but some with long COVID are detecting unpleasant odours months after catching the virus. The unusual side-effect is known as parosmia. meaning a distortion of smell, and may be disproportionately affecting young people and healthcare workers. Long COVID is a term to describe the effects of coronavirus, that can continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. Coronavirus has an affinity for the nerves in the head, and in particular the nerve that controls the sense of smell. This parosmia may feel like burning; sulphur-like odour, or smell like fish. It lessens enjoyment of food, and it’s a bit depressing not being able to smell certain foods. Anyone affected by parosmia is advised to undergo smell training, which involves sniffing rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus oils every day for around 20 seconds in a bid to slowly regain their sense of smell.

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