Two and a half years ago, my nose stopped working.
That’s when I realized how often smell comes up in daily conversation: “That Uber smelled weird,” or “that woman was wearing way too much perfume,” or “someone’s definitely smoking weed nearby.”
I have anosmia, a symptom of long COVID. I caught the virus early in the pandemic and had terrible symptoms, but after a week of bed rest, I was ready to resume my life. My nose wasn’t.
With the pandemic now well into its third year, anosmia — once an obscure problem — has become increasingly widespread.
Roughly 5% of people who…
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