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Smell and Taste COVID-19 Questions Answered

Dr. Steve Newdell – 

Updated 3rd November 2021

Anosmia: The failure of the development of, or the loss of the sense of smell. Causes include conditions that damage nerve pathways that carry sensation from the nose to the brain.

 Anosmia seems like a curious phenomenon, but it can be devastating for the small fraction of people in whom it's persistent. It can have serious psychological consequences and could be a major public health problem if we have a growing population with permanent loss of smell.

Temporary loss of smell, known as anosmia, is a commonly reported indicator of COVID-19. 

Losing your sense of smell and taste can be jarring and emotionally distressing. Adjusting to the seemingly muted world can be difficult at first.

Fortunately for now the problem is not that serious. The good news in summary is you’ll PROBABLY get your normal nose back in 21.6 days

  • so start counting,
  • and be careful around the kitchen stove.

Let’s get a little more serious and give you the facts first and more details later.

86% Experience Loss or Change In Smelling and Tasting Ability.

86 percent of patients with mild COVID-19 cases experienced anosmia. If you’re nose isn’t smelling or tasting, or if food smells rotten and nothing makes scent sense, the problems will probably clear up within 3-weeks. Some people go on for months with aNOSmia but they’re the rare group. According to the data I’m finding most of us get the flu or the “C-19 evil virus” and get over it quickly.

Food May Seem Tasteless or Smell Bad

Food may taste like cardboard, or worse might smell like it’s rotting, but probably it’s alright. You might need an assistant to be sure.

Likewise, most of us get over the nose problem within 3 weeks and a few take 6-months or up to a year. You have an excellent probability of complete recovery.

Are there any long-term physical or psychological risks?

"If you have a gas leak, you can't necessarily smell it. 

And if people lose their appetites because food tastes like cardboard or even rotting meat, they might develop vitamin deficiencies.

What's more, people might not know when food is, indeed, spoiled or burning.

It would be helpful if you can have someone living with or near you who can come in and do a sniff test occasionally about food, laundry, bathroom cleanliness, bedding:

As for stove gas and the possibility of a gas leak and explosion, you need to be as habitually cautious as you have always been. The only things to do are

  • keep the cooking area well ventilated and
  • look twice before you leave the stove alone.
  • Be sure everything is turned off to keep yourself safe.

 I often use a little camper stove. It’s safe, it’s cheap, it’s portable; I really like it.

 I have two things to switch “off” for extra safety. Boat operators usually turn the gas off at the tank and at the stove. That’s a good idea for everyone. That’s what I mean by “look twice.” Be sure everything is turned off before you leave the kitchen.

 Those who deal with fires for a living, or repairs after a kitchen fire tell us, “When cooking, NEVER leave the room.”

 That’s a good habit to develop. If you bring your reading or computer into the kitchen while you’re waiting for something to heat you’ll develop a habit of greater safety and probably reduce some gas waste too, because you’ll turn the flame down or off with better timing.

 In Summary: You’re probably one of the 86 percenters who will get over it within 3 or 4 weeks, so don’t be upset. Just decide to adapt until it clears up, and be sure to mind your nutrition and eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and a little meat or fish, just to be sure you remain on the fast road to recovery.

 It may seem I’m making light of this issue, but I’m really hoping to get something more into your mind.

Adapt to Survive

 There’s an important lesson for us here. Adaptation is the key to all survival of all life forms. Those that adapt survive and even prosper. Those that don’t adapt eventually go extinct (or “out of business.”)

 That’s just the way it is for life and for business-life too.

 The official names COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 were issued by the World Health Organization on 11 February 2020. I was sick with what I thought was a bad cold. It was January of 2020. It was the worst cold I could remember, but it finally cleared up. About 3-weeks later I watched a spokesman with the World Health Organization announce the name Covid-19. I think it’s probable I had it and got over it, as most do.

 Lesson:  (1)  Don’t panic. Adapt. Take good care of your body and if your health is generally good, you’ll probably get over it.

Use Herbal Antibiotics

 (2)  I occasionally hammer the gong about herbal antibiotics. When you buy a prescribed antibiotic as for example azithromycin you’ll get 100% azithromycin. If you eat garlic, allspice, oregano (which happens to be excellent for bronchial tubes and lungs) and onions, you’ll be taking in HUNDREDS of different antibiotic and antiviral compounds. This can be more effective than the pure pharmaceutical products.

 You can make tea of Ginger, oregano, and all spice and drink it often. Add garlic to a lot of your food.

 For years the Soviet Union hospitals had no other antibiotics available. Their business model was not working and they all were poor comrades together. Hospitals had few drugs and people generally were miserable until they got well.

 The hospital kitchen heated a lot of chopped or ground garlic in cooking oil and included it in meals. They might have even rubbed it into wounds. Many patients got over their infections.

 Before you discount herbal antibiotics remember that, and remember there are many stories about people during the time of bubonic plague getting over that too, or preventing it by consuming a lot of garlic.

In the 1980’s a professor at Cornel University Medical College tested many plants and found that Onion, Garlic, Allspice and Oregano killed nearly every bacteria in the proximity of these herbal foods. There’s good science behind this.

 Of course more cleanliness is a good idea too.

Best natural antibiotics listing:

  1. Cultures across the world have long recognized garlic for its preventive and curative powers. ...
  2. Since the time of Aristotle, honey has been used as an ointment that helps wounds to heal and prevents or draws out infection. ...
  3. Ginger
  4. Echinacea
  5. Goldenseal
  6. Clove
  7. Oregano
  8. Allspice
  9. Raw onion

I hope this reassures you and helps you get through the difficult times of our lives.

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