How long does Covid anosmia last?

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that1970shouse Sat 14-Nov-20 21:09:11

DH has what seemed to be a bad cold but lost sense of taste and smell so got tested. Is it temporary and how long will it last?

Also, I have no symptoms so far and I am isolating for the full 14 days from the start of DH’s symptoms. I’m very anxious about getting it myself - at what point can I start to relax? We are sleeping in separate rooms and I’m doing all the cooking but we’re not completely isolated from each other.

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HarrietOh Sat 14-Nov-20 21:13:35

I think it varies, after 7 days I’ve got some sense of smell back now but I know for some people it take months.

chipshopElvis Sat 14-Nov-20 21:14:15

Hi OP, I can only give you our similar experience of being a few days ahead. DH had a positive result 8 days ago with cold symptoms and loss of smell. He didn't develop any other symptoms and isolated from me and the kids, but shared bathroom so not perfect. He is out of isolation today kids and I have 5 days left and none of us have it yet. We live in a small semi. Good luck, it's very anxiety inducing.

chipshopElvis Sat 14-Nov-20 21:14:52

Oh, he still has no sense of smell, lost it 9 days ago.

mrsanflowerpot Sat 14-Nov-20 21:16:45

I had what I think was Covid in april. Taste back after a week, with smell I still often loose it with a strong smell of cigarettes in places where there are none

walksen Sat 14-Nov-20 21:18:11

For me, it took about 2 weeks for some sense of smell to come back but to be honest it is still very faint. I can barely smell things like vinegar, coffee or even white spirit. taste is similarly affected.

I read somewhere that for somewhere around 10 to 15 % of people the smell may not come back for weeks or months.

I read somewhere

kazza446 Sat 14-Nov-20 21:19:56

Lost my sense of smell completely on day 5. Taste has been on and off. I can taste sweet foods but nothing else. I’m now on day 13 and it still hasn’t improved!!


Gunpowder Sat 14-Nov-20 21:22:59

I think I had corona in March (was before testing but DH had all the classic symptoms.) I had sudden and complete loss of smell and taste (tea tasted like water) for two weeks. My sense of smell gradually returned after that and I could vaguely smell coffee, then eucalyptus oil, then bleach but it took at least a month to come back completely and some things smelled odd for at least six months. I think my sense of smell is back to normal now? It’s a very weird illness.

that1970shouse Sat 14-Nov-20 21:32:34

Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences.

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that1970shouse Sun 15-Nov-20 13:42:58

Are we allowed out in the garden? Detached house, private garden.

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that1970shouse Sun 15-Nov-20 13:43:57

I mean the actual rules.

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that1970shouse Sun 15-Nov-20 13:44:40

We are in England.

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Gunpowder Sun 15-Nov-20 14:38:09

Yes! As long as no one from another household is there with you.

that1970shouse Sun 15-Nov-20 16:55:40

Just us. We are doing this as properly as we can.

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that1970shouse Thu 19-Nov-20 12:56:52

DH made me laugh last night. For tea we had steak pie which had a rich gravy in it, carrots, broccoli and mash.

Half way through eating it, he said "I think my sense of taste is starting to come back. I can taste... the mashed potato!"

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