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Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

NICE, France (AP) — The doctor slid a miniature camera into the patient’s right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light. “Tickles a bit, eh?” he asked as he rummaged around her nasal passages, the discomfort causing tears to well in her eyes and roll down her cheeks. The patient,…

NICE, France (AP) — The physician slid a miniature camera into the individual’s right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light.
“Tickles a bit, eh?” He asked as he rummaged about her sinus passages, the distress causing tears to well in her eyes and roll down her lips.
The individual, Gabriella Forgione, wasn’t complaining. The 25-year-old drugstore employee was pleased to be prodded and poked at the hospital in Nice, in southern France, to advance her increasingly pressing quest to recoup her sense of smell. Along with her sense of flavor, it abruptly disappeared when she fell ill with COVID-19 in November, and has returned.
Being deprived of the pleasures of food and the aromas of things that she loves are proving tough on her entire body and head. Shorn of scents both good and bad, Forgione is losing weight and self-confidence.
“Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Do I stink?'” she confessed. “Normally, I use cologne and like for things to smell pleasant. Not being able to smell bothers me considerably.”
A year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and investigators are still striving to better understand and cure the accompanying epidemic of COVID-19-associated anosmia — loss of smell — draining a lot of the joy of life from a growing amount of sensorially frustrated longer-term victims like Forgione.
Even professional physicians say there’s much about the condition that they still don’t know and they are learning as they move together in their diagnoses and remedies. Impairment and adjustment of odor have become so common with COVID-19 that some investigators indicate that simple odor tests may be employed to track coronavirus infections in countries with few labs.
For many individuals, the olfactory issues are temporary, frequently improving on their …
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