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Margarita Hernandez, margarita Hernandez, who tested positive for the coronavirus, waits in a tent to see a doctor for her allergic reaction to medication at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.ho tested positive for the coronavirus, waits in a tent to see a doctor for her allergic reaction to medication at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.
Margarita Hernandez, who tested positive for the coronavirus, waits in a tent to see a doctor for her allergic reaction to medication at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. | Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

A new study suggests one COVID-19 symptom that could be permanent for some people.

A new study from the Journal of Internal Medicine suggests there might be a COVID-19 symptom that could be permanent or at least last longer than others.

What’s going on?

The study found that 86% of patients with mild cases of COVID-19 “experienced a loss of their sense of taste and smell.” A significant amount of those patients had their senses return. But there was a chunk who never got their taste or sense of smell back.

  • In fact, per PennLive, the study found 15.3% of patients still didn’t recover their senses after 60 days. After six months, 4.7% people hadn’t got their senses back.

Some doctors told The Wall Street Journal that some cases revealed “people’s senses might never return.”

Neurological expert Leo Newhouse, LICSW, wrote on Harvard Health’s website: “Some of us might never regain our sense of smell or taste at all.”

Sense of smell and taste

Losing your sense of smell and taste was deemed a symptom of the coronavirus back in March 2020, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. In fact, it was one of the first symptoms to be discovered among scientists.

  • Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tweeted at the beginning of the pandemic that he felt like he lost his sense of taste and smell because of the virus.
  • He tweeted, “Just to give you guys an update, loss of smell and taste is definitely one of the symptoms, haven’t been able to smell anything for the last 4 days. Anyone experiencing the same thing?”