Losing sense of smell: Personal accounts of the COVID symptom

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From not being able to smell minty toothpaste to smelling something spoiled in the fridge of fresh groceries, people suffering from COVID-induced anosmia describe losing and then regaining their sense of smell. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When senses of taste and smell are lost due to COVID, it doesn’t always manifest in the same way. Some people experience total loss, while others get phantosmia, detecting smells that aren’t even there, like an odorous hallucination. Krissy Lefebvre, Sakeenah Benjamin, Dolores Quintana, Jeanne Lim, Ken Christianson, and Dominique Generaux share their experiences of losing, regaining, and living without a sense of smell.