Many COVID-19 patients lost their sense of smell. Will they get it back?
While scientists work to unravel the basic biology of the nose, some patients are finding positive effects from smell training.
In early March, Peter Quagge began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as chills and a low-grade fever. As he cut pieces of raw chicken to cook for dinner one night, he noticed he couldn’t smell the meat. “Must be really fresh,” he remembers thinking. But the next morning he couldn’t smell the Dial soap in the shower or the bleach he used to clean the house. “It sounds crazy, but I thought the bleach had gone bad,” he says. When Quagge stuck his head into the bottle and took a long whiff, the bleach burned his eyes and nose, but he couldn’t smell a thing.
The inability to smell, or anosmia, has emerged as a common symptom of COVID-19. Quagge was