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A 50-year-old female asked:

My husband, daughter, and son have all been sick with flu like symptoms. this happened about 2 weeks ago. now, i can't smell or taste. thinking covid related. how long before they return? i hope it's not permanent?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Anosmnia: Most COVID 19 patients with anosmia recover within 3 weeks. The median time to have return of sense of smell is 7 days. However, please be aware that for some people, the lack of smell may linger for much longer.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Agree with Dr. F: Covid-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Contact your doctor/local hospital, by phone for evaluation and testing in your area. Wear a mask, stay away from others, practice hand hygiene. If you develop breathing difficulty, go to the nearest hospital, immediately. Get Covid vaccine. Wish you good health.
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