With the onset of further symptoms of the virus, people with “prolonged COVID” report strong fishy, sulfur and unpleasant stench.
This unusual side effect is called parosmia, which means a distortion of smell and can have a disproportionate effect on young people and medical staff.
Professor Nirmal Kumar, a surgeon at the Department of Otolaryngology, called the symptom “very strange and very unique.”
Professor Kumar is also the president of ENT UK and was one of the first medical staff to use anosmia (loss of smell) as an indicator of the coronavirus in March.
He urged Public Health England to add it to the list of symptoms for a few months to become an official guideline.
He now notices that among the thousands of patients in the UK who have been treated for long-term insomnia, some are suffering from delusions.
“This morning, I saw two patients with paresis,” Professor Kumar told the Palestinian Authority News Agency.
“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.”
Long COVID is a term describing the impact of the coronavirus, which can last for weeks or months of the initial illness.
Professor Kumar describes it as a “neurotropic virus”, he said: “The virus is affecting the nerves at the top of the nose-like a shock to your nervous system, the nerves are not working properly.”
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.”
“Most things smell disgusting. This disgusting sweetness is hard to describe because I have never seen it before.”
She said that although she used to be a “coffee fan”, the drink now smells “unbearable” like beer and gasoline.
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Although she is not sure whether she will regain her sense of smell, Ms. Corbett said: “I’m fine, I just feel lucky. If I do have the coronavirus and look like me, then I won’t have it.” Like others Many people are also seriously ill, hospitalized or died. “
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.
They recommend that anyone suffering from mild illnesses should receive “scent training”, which includes smelling rose, lemon, clove and eucalyptus oil for about 20 seconds every day to gradually restore their sense of smell.