COVID-19’s Impact on Our Senses

COVID-19’s Impact on Our Senses
Scientists believe the new coronavirus attacks certain cells lining the nasal epithelium, hampering your sense of smell and taste. (Francesco Carta/Getty Images)
From the Apr 30, 2021, issue

For months or even a year after contracting COVID-19, some patients have reported a total or partial loss of their senses of smell and taste. Data suggests people who suffer milder cases of COVID-19 are actually more likely to suffer this olfactory dysfunction. Scientists are still trying to understand why the disease has these lasting effects and whether anything can speed recovery.

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