GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) —. (WITN) – Imagine not being able to smell or taste the foods you love. That’s the truth for many people who haven’t fully recovered their senses since being diagnosed with COVID-19.
“Nothing tastes the same anymore,” Casey Manning observed, noting that his perception of taste has changed in the six months since receiving COVID-19. “It’s almost like a metallic strange tinge of taste on all my vegetables,” Manning continued
Keith Webb, a Tarboro resident, claims to have had a similar incident. When Webb was diagnosed with COVID-19, he lost both his flavor and smell, and months later, he has observed a weird alteration in his taste.
“Every flavor that I normally enjoy is now marred by a harsh almond flavor in the background. “It’s not fun at all,” Webb remarked.
According to a new study from the United Kingdom, some persons who have had COVID-19 have gray matter loss in the brain, especially in areas that control smell and taste. The findings may explain why numerous people report losing their taste and tiny for long periods of time after a battle with the virus, despite the fact that the study was small, tracking 782 people and their MRI scans three years apart and not yet peer reviewed.
Long-term implications, according to the study, are unknown at this time because scientists have only looked at brain scans from patients immediately after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The loss of taste and smell is usually very transient for most people. Yet, because COVID-19 is a novel drug, doctors are unsure if and when patients with long-term symptoms may regain their senses.
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