Covid-19 smell and taste loss

Unfortunately, one in ten people who lose their sense of smell will have persistent smell loss which can last at least eight weeks, but commonly lasts for many months. Many people also experience distorted and disgusting smells as they recover.

You’re not alone. The AbScent Network is your space to connect with others who understand what you’re going through.

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You can find many more videos from patients and experts on our YouTube channel.

This guide was created with generous support from the British Rhinological Society (BRS). It provides simple steps to recovering your sense of smell after Covid-19 and other viral infections.

Things to consider:

  • Smell doesn’t come back all at once, and you may find progress stalls or even goes backwards for a while. 
  • Eating well can be difficult, especially if parosmia makes some food repulsive. 
  • Smell loss can get you down. You may be more vulnerable to depression with a reduced sense of smell. 
  • It won’t always be like this! It takes time to heal so be kind to yourself as you recover. 
  • Although there is no treatment to ‘get your smell back’ there is help and treatment for symptoms like weight change and low mood and depression. If you’re finding it difficult to cope, please speak to a doctor. It can also be helpful to join the AbScent Network to connect with other people experiencing the same thing.