20% of Covid patients do not recover their sense of smell
Loss of smell is one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 along with the loss of taste. Anosmia, as it is called, is something that can last a few days, sometimes months, but in some cases it can be chronic and not come back at all.
Over the last year scientists are learning more and more about the effects of the virus as they continue to study patients during their illness, and in follow up treatment.
According to physicians in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, 70% of patients who have recovered from Covid, who lost their sense of smell during their illness, 20% of them do not recover it again.
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The hospital cares for many people in this situation, a situation that many patients say is a "nightmare." To avoid this, they carry out daily workouts that consist of smelling and inspiring intense odours such as eucalyptus, lemon, rose or vinegar, and thus retraining the sense of smell. But this is sometimes not enough, and they are finding that there are many cases in which patients do not smell again.