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COVID: A distorted sense of smell is dangerous but treatable

By Carl Philpott, Professor of Rhinology and Olfactology, University of East Anglia
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Lucy, a patient of mine, contracted COVID-19 in the first wave of the pandemic, before lockdown. She had trouble breathing and her doctor told her to call an ambulance if her lips turned blue. Luckily, she recovered well at home with rest and paracetamol – but it wasn’t the end. A week later, she suddenly lost her sense of smell and taste, which at the time wasn’t a recognised COVID symptom.

Slowly, over the following two months, her sense of smell…

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