A woman who got COVID-19 in January this year has said that the viral infection has changed her sense of taste and smell. Natalia Cano, from Mendham, New Jersey in the US, has a rare condition that makes her food taste like “garbage” and “sewage”.
A few weeks after recovery, Natalia noticed that food items that used to taste good started to taste like “garbage and sewage”, “gasoline” or “mould”.
Natalia found out that she was suffering from a condition called ‘parosmia’, which distorts a person’s sense of taste and smell.
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Food tasted so disgusting to Natalia that she said she developed an eating disorder and would throw up any time she tried to eat.
Natalia said that she is still suffering from the condition, and doesn’t know if it’s ever going to get better.
“I don’t think anyone understands how much this affects your daily life. It’s not just that foods taste wrong, I mean, it is that, but it’s garbage dude, it’s sewage. It’s gasoline. It’s ammonia. It’s bitter. It’s mould,” she said.
“Imagine if all of your favourite foods tasted like your least favourite foods. It is a step further. It is garbage and sewage. Imagine the worst smell that you have ever smelled in your life, and it’s that but everything. It’s everything.”
Natalia read from a Healthline article about the condition, which said 50 per cent of the people who were suffering from parosmia said it improved within three months, anywhere between nine days and six months.
“It’s been 10 months and [one] doctor told me that if it didn’t improve within a year, there’s a chance that I won’t ever get it back. I have two months left, and it’s not going away.”
In another video, Natalia said that she tries to eat two protein bars a day because “sometimes it’s the only things she can get down.”
She explained that some random foods still taste normal, like Arizona ice tea, Chai tea lattes, pulled pork sandwiches, strawberry yoghurt, most dairy, Dr Pepper and candy.
The 20-year-old added, “In general, things that are sweet taste less horrible to me, still not fantastic but I’m not actively gagging. Nothing makes sense, it’s completely arbitrary. There’s literally no rules.”
Natalia further said that her original video helped her find a community of people that have been dealing with similar experiences.