Two months later, I still didn’t have my sense of smell back, but I started to smell burning toast. I was a little concerned as there are some suggestions that it’s a sign of having a stroke. But I ended up smelling toast for about a week. Then the smell transformed into that of burning French fry grease. That might not sound so bad, but when you smell it for 24 hours straight, it makes you nauseous.

It smelt like it was coming off my clothes, that scent was just sitting in my olfactory system constantly, giving me headaches and nausea. Shortly after that, my family and I were on a pontoon boat and my brother-in-law spilled a little gasoline. Perhaps it hit a nerve, because for the following three weeks, I could only smell gasoline…

However, around two months ago, the gasoline smell was morphing into a rotten meat smell. Still now, the scent I smell all the time is rotting meat. Plus, food in general tastes rancid to me. The disortion of taste—called parageusia—is another known side effect of COVID-19.