If you’re a healthy person and you get infected with COVID-19, the chances are high that you’ll recover with ease. But there’s one specific symptom that may stick with you forever, regardless of how healthy and strong you are now. The usual symptoms of the coronavirus are already known by everyone: dry cough, headaches, body aches, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
The loss of smell and taste is another COVID-19 symptom found especially in the case of those who suffer from mild forms of the coronavirus. As Yahoo.com writes, this awful symptom could stick with you forever.
86% of mild COVID-19 patients lose their taste and smell
According to a recent study from the Journal of Internal Medicine (JIM), 86 percent of those who suffer from mild COVID-19 illness also had to deal with a loss of taste and smell. While many of them recover completely, including their senses of taste and smell, The Wall Street Journal brings the awful news that some people’s senses might never come back.
Leo Newhouse, a cognitive and neurological expert, declared:
The good news is that olfactory neurons are capable of regeneration,
The bad news is that not everyone will return to his or her pre-COVID level of functioning.
Losing your smell and taste is obviously unbearable for most of us, as the symptom could even lead to depression. But if you’re one of the unlucky people who lost the sense of smell or taste, there’s no use losing hope just yet. Experts also say that there’s a good chance that the senses will recover in a maximum of a year.
The overall situation of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to look horrifying, as there’s a total of over 91 million infections and more than 1.96 million deaths.