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Loss of taste and smell
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MooseyGoose90 · 16/11/2020 20:02

Partner tested positive for COVID last Monday, very minimal symptoms just a high temp for half a day. I tested negative.

Within 3 days I developed an awful head cold and lost all loss of taste and smell. Assuming this is COVID, and I seem to be getting better slowly but when can I expect the smell and taste to return?

I can smell nothing at all! The only thing I seem to be able to taste is salt.

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Porcupineinwaiting · 17/11/2020 04:02

Any time from a few days to never. But most likely within a week or two.

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siblingrevelryagain · 17/11/2020 04:13

I’m still not fully functioning in the smell and taste dept., having likely had Covid mid-March. Some things smell permanently different (can’t bear the smell of onions now, anything with eucalyptus smells like ammonia/wee which I’m gutted about as it was my favourite smell and I have it in candles/bath products etc).

I even worry now about putting too much perfume on, as I can barely smell it when I spray.

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BahHumbygge · 17/11/2020 09:55

Try taking a zinc supplement, loss of taste and smell can be a symptom of severe zinc deficiency, and you can deplete your zinc supplies rapidly fighting a viral infection as zinc has a crucial role preventing viral replication. Also drink green tea and eat lots of brightly coloured fruit & veg (esp red onions/apples) as they help with zinc absorption.

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DumplingsAndStew · 17/11/2020 11:30

Sorry I'm struggling to understand the timeline. Did you get tested before you were symptomatic? If your symptoms have come on since your negative test, shouldn't you be tested again?

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