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Covid smell loss 'ruins Christmas lunch'

Reported by lily | December 23rd, 2020 @ 11:46 PM

Covid smell loss 'ruins Christmas lunch'

Covid has ravaged many Christmas traditions. For people suffering from anosmia or parosmia - a loss of smell or distortion of scents and tastes - it has also robbed them of a feast of festive pleasures.

The piney aroma of Christmas trees, the welcoming wafts of mulled wine and hot mince pies - all are replaced with nothingness or a stench so vile it is hard to describe.

This is the reality of Covid smell loss for thousands of people, many of who are several months on with little or no improvement in their senses returning to normal.

'Like wet dog' "For me some things are just absolutely horrid," says Jess Boyes, from Halifax.

"It's like eating gone-off meat that has been left festering in the bin with some fish and stale body odour on top."

The 25-year-old had suspected coronavirus in March and developed distortions - known as parosmia - in September.

She says the condition has turned her favourite Christmas smells - oranges and clementines - into something resembling a "wet dog".

"I'm really struggling with it all, especially when everyone is talking about food and drink," she adds.

'Smell of happiness'

Elizabeth Dunn works in Cairo, Egypt, but after quarantining, will spend Christmas at home in Bradford with her four children and grandchildren.

She had the virus in May and is still suffering shortness of breath and smell loss, known as anosmia.

"Christmas smells are my favourite," she says.

"I try and close my eyes and recall the heavy smell of the turkey in the oven, Brussels sprouts, satsumas, the smell of happiness all around."

After a "long, hard year" away from her family, the 60-year-old says not being able to smell her grandchildren will be the hardest.

"When you hold them in your arms the first thing you do is sniff, they each have their own wonderful smell.

"My eyes fill up thinking I won't get that wonderful baby fragrance of my youngest."

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