Researchers say that as the virus shows more unusual symptoms, patients who have been in Covid conditions for a long time are plagued by the “unbearable” smell of fish and burns instead of the normal smell.
Professor Nirmal Kumar, professor of otolaryngology (ENT), said that this “very strange and very unique” long-term symptom is called frivolous and seems to be affecting young people, especially medical care. personnel.
The surgeon is also the president of ENT UK. He was one of the first doctors to identify anemia and hypoosmia as indicators of the coronavirus in March, and urged Public Health England to add them to the list of symptoms before becoming an official guideline. .
After treating and studying patients suffering from chronic insomnia, he said it has affected thousands of people in the UK.
Professor Kumar told the Palestinian Authority News Agency: “This morning, I saw two patients with mild illnesses.
“One person said they can smell fish instead of any other smell, while another person can smell burning when there is no smoke around.
“These two are medical staff. We believe that the incidence of young people and medical staff has increased because they were exposed to the virus in the hospital.
“For some people, this really makes them unhappy.”
He added: “We call it a neurotropic virus.”
“This means that the virus is affecting the nerves at the top of the nose-like an electric shock to your nervous system, and the nerves are not functioning.”
Daniel Saveski, a 24-year-old banker living in London, said that he lost his sense of taste and smell two weeks after contracting the coronavirus in March and has been suffering from delusions ever since.
Mr. Savsky from West Yorkshire said that things with strong smells like trash cans now have a burning, sulfur-like smell or the smell of “toast”.
He added: “It reduces my enjoyment of food and makes me feel frustrated because I cannot smell certain foods.”
Real estate agent administrator Lynn Corbett said she was “shocked” on her 52nd birthday in March and she “has absolutely no smell or taste.”
Ms. Corbett from Selsey, Sussex, said: “From March to the end of May, I cannot taste anything-honestly, I might be bitten into raw onions, which is why I lost my taste. .”
She said that her sense of smell began to recover in June, but “smells nothing.”
She said: “Most things smell disgusting. This unpleasant sweetness is hard to describe because I have never seen it before.”
She added that despite being a “coffee fan” before March, the drink now smells “unbearable”, as does beer and gasoline.
Ms. Corbett said: “I’m not sure if things will return to the past.
“I’m fine, I just feel lucky. If I do have coronavirus like me, then I won’t be seriously ill, hospitalized or die like many others.”
The charity AbScent provides support for people with olfactory disorders. It is working with ENT UK and the British Rhinological Society to gather information from thousands of patients with insomnia and paresis to help develop treatments.
AbScent recommends “scent training” and try to smell rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus oil for about 20 seconds every day to make people trying to restore their sense of smell.