Taste Dysfunction

After recovering from the novel coronavirus, some things don’t taste like they used to — or like anything at all - Jenny G. Zhang

Taste Dysfunction

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The Strange Grief of Losing My Sense of Taste

After I tested positive for Covid-19, I ordered panang curry. When the food arrived, I lifted the plastic lid, expecting the scent of makrut lime, lemongrass and ginger. But there was nothing. I plucked a forkful of tofu from the sauce. It was flavorless.

My abilities to smell and taste had suddenly evaporated. And in the month since I’ve been sick, they have yet to return.

Earlier in the pandemic, my husband and I developed a ritual of ordering comfort food every Friday. We live in Las Vegas — a city that has been hit hard by the virus — and found meals from beloved local restaurants to be small but crucial gifts in a glittering landscape that was losing its luster. In…

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