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This COVID-19 symptom can last for months

The CDC says the COVID-19 symptom of loss of taste and smell can last for months without end

Liz and Sam Rodgers verify their COVID-19 saliva tests to Josh Anderson at a drive-thru test site in South Jordan. Utah.
Liz and Sam Rodgers verify their COVID-19 saliva tests to Josh Anderson at a drive-thru test site at University of Utah Health’s South Jordan Health Center in South Jordan on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning that a specific COVID-19 symptom can last for months.

What’s going on?

The CDC has a specific page on its website for those who had or think they had COVID-19. The page details when people can be around others without fear of spreading the virus.

  • People can visit others after they’ve been through 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever (specifically without using a fever-reducing medication, according to the CDC. You’ll also want to make sure other symptoms are improving.
  • However, the CDC also says the “loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation​.”
  • These recommendations don’t apply to those with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems.

More on long-haulers

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been COVID-19 patients who suffer from symptoms for weeks and months after their diagnosis. These patients are often referred to as “long-haulers.” Taste and smell have been one of the long-haul symptoms.

Long-haul symptoms include exhaustion, shortness of breath, headaches, fast heart beats, changes in taste and smell and brain fog, among other symptoms, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Recently, thousands of Utah residents dealing with COVID-19 symptoms months after diagnosis celebrated their recognition after the state’s coronavirus website added a recent article about them.