How long is your sense of smell or taste affected by COVID-19


Alexandra Soler, Writer

The symptom of lost smell or taste due to COVID-19 appears to last longer compared to other infections. For a typical cold loss of smell or tase last up to one week or longer.

A report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention did a test on the duration of symptoms in 274 adults, that had mild COVID -19 symptoms. This report duration of loss of smell or taste was estimated to about eight days.

“Coronavirus is an interesting experience, I lost my sense of smell 3 days within having the virus. I just got back my smell back this week. Every morning I would smell a candle to check and and the day came that I couldn’t smell. It was a weird experience and something that has never happened to me,” said senior Anthony Yero.

A study in England shows loss of smell and taste were strongly associated with each other lasting for about one week. For 98 percent of people, these symptoms cleared within 28 days.

Up to 80 percent of people who test positive for COVID-19 have many complaints of smell or taste loss. This percentage rises when patients are tested using different methods that measure smell function.

When most patients first motive problems with their sense of smell, but since smell is necessary to taste flavor, the symptoms are connected.

Most patients who had normal smell function while having Corona appeared to have a worse disease and were more likely to be hospitalized and placed on ventilators.

People with extended or permanent loss of smell is because the virus causes inflammatory reaction inside the nose, that leads to a loss of the smell.

If you believe that you may have COVID stay home and keep yourself and others safe from others.