The symptoms of COVID can vary wildly, from headaches to digestive disturbances to extreme fatigue. However, there’s one set of symptoms that’s become a hallmark of the virus around the world: a loss of taste and smell. According to a 2020 meta-analysis of COVID patients published by the Mayo Clinic, among a group of 8,438 COVID patients polled across 24 studies, 41 percent of individuals with confirmed cases of the virus experienced the loss of their sense of smell or taste.
Though many people regain their ability to taste and smell as they recover from the virus, those senses aren’t always the same when they return. According to a survey conducted by Eater, there’s one particular food many individuals who’ve recovered from COVID simply can’t stomach anymore: onions.
Among a group of five individuals who’ve recovered from COVID and were subsequently interviewed by Eater, three said that onions stuck out as a particularly unpalatable food months after their infection had subsided.
One Eater interviewee described onions as “horrific” to taste and another described them as “repulsive,” while a third said that the scent of onions had become so noxious that they smelled “putrid” and “dangerous.”
That’s not the only perplexing alteration to your sense of taste or smell you may experience post-COVID, however. According to one person interviewed by the BBC, COVID had made meat products taste like gasoline; a Newsweek interviewee who’d recovered from COVID said that wine “tastes like oil” post-infection.
While a distorted sense of smell may be an unpleasant lingering COVID symptom, it’s far from the only one troubling those recovering from the virus. Read on to discover what researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and members of the Survivor Corps group found to be the most common lingering symptoms among COVID long haulers. And if you want to do your part to protect others, Dr. Fauci Says We Have to “Double Down” on These 2 Things to Stop COVID.
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Inability to exercise or be active
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Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
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Muscle or body aches
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