Woman regained sense of smell after Covid and discovered she hates aroma of fiancé

<p>Loss of smell is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.</p>

Loss of smell is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.

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A women who suffered from a long-term loss of smell due to coronavirus, says she can’t stand the scent of her fiancée now that she has regained her sense of smell back.


In the Slate column, Dear Prudence, she described how she contracted coronavirus last year and as a result, had no sense of smell for more than 11 months.

“Doctors said they had no idea when, if ever, it would come back because there was significant damage,” she added.

Luckily, the woman slowly started to regain her senses - good news right?

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Unfortunately her newly rejuvenated senses have changed and the bad news is the woman is having “outsized reactions to smells” and in particular “any kind of smell from my fiancé.”


She discloses that her fiance “isn’t a particularly smelly guy” but every time the woman catches “any kind of smell from him” it’s a “huge turn-off.”

Oh dear!

Upset by this dilemma, the woman says: “It’s lessening my attraction to him and I have no idea what to do about it; I absolutely adore him and it would be a stupid “deal-breaker” because every human being produces smells.”

Attraction is in the smell, according to science.

“We sense smells via the olfactory system. Perceivable smells likely do play a role in attraction, or lack of attraction, in people,” Lindsey Bordone, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center told GQ.

In response to this conundrum, Prudence encouraged the woman to talk to her fiancée about this problem and “generally clue him in on the fact that your long-term recovery is still an ongoing struggle” and maybe occasionally ask him to brush his teeth or reapply deodorant as the woman’s smell “readjusts.”

We hope the woman is able to get her normal sense of smell back soon!

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