'Long' COVID causes bad smells and tastes, depression for some survivors: 'Hot water smells like rotting meat'

Parosmia is a term used for any kind of distortion of one’s sense of smell — unlike anosmia, a term for one’s loss of their sense of smell.

For Haydon, 24, it started with anosmia. She believes she contracted COVID-19 in June of 2021, though she tested negative for the virus. She had mild cold-like symptoms and lost her sense of taste and smell, as many COVID patients do. The anosmia lasted for several weeks before about 70% a 80% of her taste and smell senses returned.

A healthcare worker inserts a Covid-19 rapid test into a machine at the CareNow Denver University urgent care center in Denver, Colorado, NOSOTROS., el martes, nov. 16, 2021. Fotógrafo: Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg

A healthcare worker inserts a Covid-19 rapid test into a machine at the CareNow Denver University urgent care center in Denver, Colorado, NOSOTROS., el martes, nov. 16, 2021. Fotógrafo: Daniel Brenner/Bloomberg

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