How to Rehabilitate the Sense of Smell After Catching COVID-19

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Have you had been infected by the coronavirus, and have your taste buds had a boost? Are you missing the aroma of food or the scent of perfume such as a Maison Francis Kurkdjian Then I might have a solution for you to rehabilitate your sense of smell.

In my case, fortunately, I have managed to evade the COVID-19 virus to date. I always walk with a protective face mask whenever I am around people who also tend to have a cough. And if someone sneezes behind me in the back row, I tend to cringe. I’m not in the mood for getting coronavirus. And certainly not in the aftermath that many people have left.

The Effects of Coronavirus on Our Sense of Smell

As a result of the pandemic, thousands of people suffer from loss of smell and taste after catching the coronavirus. The aroma of their cup of coffee suddenly smells like freshly rolled-out asphalt. They do not get well from the smell of peanut butter or sweet strawberries that suddenly no longer smell like strawberries. Some unlucky few taste or smell almost nothing except a few basic flavors such as salty, sour, or sweet. But it is precisely the aromas that make your food so delicious that have disappeared or been replaced by very strange smells such as those of a full ashtray or spoiled fish.


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For most, the sense of smell and taste comes back fairly quickly, but there are also people who have not tasted anything for months. Very annoying, especially when you are such a gourmand as I am. Then there is nothing to it, a slice of nice cheese and wine as a drink, and why would you do your best to cook well if you can not taste anything anyway?

It will happen to you, say that your nose is fooling you so much. Because then you can now eat things that you used to find downright dirty, but you can also get psychological complaints from it. Because how bad is it when you no longer recognize the oh-so-familiar smell of your child or your loved one?

Final Words

Fortunately, you can do something about it. By consistently smelling familiar scents such as coffee, basil, or eucalyptus oil a few times a day, preferably before you go to sleep, you train your sense of smell. A kind of rehabilitation for your nose.