Sciencemadness Discussion Board
Not logged in [Login ]
Go To Bottom

Printable Version  
Author: Subject: How common is long-term loss of smell if you get Omicron while vaccinated?
MichaelBijanAfghani
Harmless
*




Posts: 19
Registered: 15-11-2021
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 1-1-2022 at 20:11
How common is long-term loss of smell if you get Omicron while vaccinated?


Considering that smells are one of my favorite parts of organic chemistry, I'd be devastated if I get omicron and permanently lose my sense of smell. I can double mask but I work a public facing job which is scary.

[Edited on 2-1-2022 by MichaelBijanAfghani]




View user's profile View All Posts By User
Texium
Administrator
********




Posts: 3778
Registered: 11-1-2014
Location: Salt Lake City
Member Is Offline

Mood: Triturated

[*] posted on 1-1-2022 at 20:20


Anecdotal, of course, but I caught it right before Christmas, despite having had three doses of Pfizer, and I didn’t experience any loss of taste and/or smell, though I experienced other mild symptoms (fever for a couple days, congestion, headache, fatigue, and a lingering cough that hasn’t gone away yet). My fiancée (also has had three shots, but Moderna) then caught it from me, and experienced essentially the same symptoms. No loss of smell or taste.



Come check out the Official Sciencemadness Wiki
They're not really active right now, but here's my YouTube channel and my blog.
View user's profile Visit user's homepage View All Posts By User
j_sum1
Administrator
********




Posts: 5641
Registered: 4-10-2014
Location: Oz
Member Is Offline

Mood: d jolly / dt > 0

[*] posted on 1-1-2022 at 21:26


That particular symptom appears to have been overstated from the beginning.
Reports I have heard concerning omicron is that anosmia is quite uncommon.
View user's profile View All Posts By User
wg48temp9
International Hazard
*****




Posts: 699
Registered: 30-12-2018
Location: not so United Kingdom
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 2-1-2022 at 00:40


Recently two of my near neighbours have tested positive for the virus and are now isolating. Both had been double vaccinated. There symptoms are mild, just mild flue like symptoms. No mention of loss of taste or smell.

I should also add that they are members of the same family one of whom works at a hospital and at a vaccination center and two others in shops.




I am wg48 but not on my usual pc hence the temp handle.
Thank goodness for Fleming and the fungi.
Old codger' lives matters, wear a mask and help save them.
Be aware of demagoguery, keep your frontal lobes fully engaged.
I don't know who invented mRNA vaccines but they should get a fancy medal and I hope they made a shed load of money from it.
View user's profile View All Posts By User
unionised
International Hazard
*****




Posts: 4889
Registered: 1-11-2003
Location: UK
Member Is Offline

Mood: No Mood

[*] posted on 2-1-2022 at 02:26


I got the bug (in spite of 3 jabs) over Xmas and my sense of smell became rather "muted" for a few days, but came back.
View user's profile View All Posts By User
woelen
Super Administrator
*********




Posts: 7698
Registered: 20-8-2005
Location: Netherlands
Member Is Offline

Mood: interested

[*] posted on 3-1-2022 at 12:06


One of my daughters and her husband had corona in November. Mild symptoms. Our daughter still has weak symptoms (she's tired more quickly than she used to be), but slowly things are getting better.

A colleague of mine also had corona (in April last year). He was ill for two weeks and then fully recovered. Only after-effect is change of smell. Most things smell normally, but some things (e.g. onions) have a very weird smell for him at the moment. He can live with it, but once in a while he encounters a substance which has a radically different smell for him after he had corona.

A friend of mine also got corona 3 weeks ago. Two weeks ago he had to go to Intensive Care and he still is there, kept asleep for two weeks now and laying on his belly. This is very very serious and I hope he will survive. His wife also had corona at the same time. She only had mild symptoms and recovered (more or less, she of course is very distressed, due to the condition of her husband). They both have similar age and both were healthy people and both had two shots of Pfizer.

So, things can be very different for different persons, and the weird thing is that no one can predict how badly one will be affected.




The art of wondering makes life worth living...
Want to wonder? Look at https://woelen.homescience.net
View user's profile Visit user's homepage View All Posts By User
j_sum1
Administrator
********




Posts: 5641
Registered: 4-10-2014
Location: Oz
Member Is Offline

Mood: d jolly / dt > 0

[*] posted on 3-1-2022 at 16:19


Good anecdotal data there, woelen, and consistent with the big picture scenario as far as I can ascertain.
It is emerging that omicron is far less severe than previous variants even though it is significantly more transmissible. There is good reason to believe that in the short term, omicron will simply join the collection of viruses that we designate as "the common cold". But it would seem that your friend in paragraph 3 is most likely infected with delta, from what you have described.

I have found the YT channel, Dr John Campbell to be a thorough and balanced source of information. By which I mean, his analysis is demonstrably data-based, he is non-inflammatory in his comments, he is conservative in terms of his readiness to draw inferences or make conclusions, and he advocates a broad spectrum of both preventative and management practices.

To the question raised in the OP, in John's latest offering he describes the changes in symptomatic response in the omicron variant. Relevant info in the first 3 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1avXjzr1xnc (But it is well worthwhile watching through and also watching a few videos from the past three weeks.)
View user's profile View All Posts By User
AvBaeyer
International Hazard
*****




Posts: 608
Registered: 25-2-2014
Location: CA
Member Is Offline

Mood: No Mood

[*] posted on 3-1-2022 at 21:13


In June of 2019 I caught a horrible virus while in Italy near Como. It had all the hallmarks of covid although it was before there was any idea of covid. I lost taste and smell. Taste fully recovered in about two months while smell took about four months to fully return. Aside from the taste and smell I recovered in about 10 days. Unfortunately, one of the big events on that trip was a pro-level cooking course that my wife had arranged as a birthday present. It was interesting that while my taste and smell were haywire, wine tasted like vinegar - I could only detect acid.

My doctor told me that loss of taste/smell is not uncommon with serious upper respiratory viral infections. He noted that sometimes there can be serious nerve damage from such an infection that taste/smell never fully recover. He pointed me to a section of the Merck Manual which confirmed this.

AvB
View user's profile View All Posts By User
macckone
International Hazard
*****




Posts: 2126
Registered: 1-3-2013
Location: Over a mile high
Member Is Offline

Mood: Electrical

[*] posted on 3-1-2022 at 22:56


Delta is definitely more severe than Omicron.
Based on the anecdotal evidence most people recover their taste and smell in a couple of months.
I have had a similar experience with the flu, that was a decade ago and I don't think my sense of smell and taste was ever the same afterwards.
I didn't lose it completely, it just muted some.
View user's profile View All Posts By User
a_bab
National Hazard
****




Posts: 458
Registered: 15-9-2002
Member Is Offline

Mood: Angry !!!!!111111...2?!

[*] posted on 7-1-2022 at 03:40


Had delta in October, with two Moderna shots back in March 2021.
It was like a roller coaster, a heck of a cold I must say with terrific headaches, almost NG-like.
I lost the sense of smell for like 2 weeks and this is how I've learned the mint smell is actually a sensation: the sense of taste was numbed down but I could still feel spicy/minty taste.
And the fat has a special, very pleasurable flavor (milk cream or butter for instance).
Apart from that, the food was horrible, the coffee was just bitter etc: the orange juice was a mix of sweet, acid and a bit bitter. I must have lost 2 kilos because I hated the food.

While I wasn't able to smell the stinkiest fart (cat shit had no smell at all, it should have sent me puking from smelling it up close but it didn't, couldn't smell the slightest bit), nail polish (acetone based) had a very interesting effect; I could feel something but it was by no means the sweet, cool acetone smell. It was a very interesting smell, still similar to organic solvents but very different, can't describe it.

Now, some relatives (old, 70+) got Omicron days ago and they are all fine, with very little symptoms, no loss of smell etc. It's the lightest Covid form so far and I think it would be a nice natural vaccine candidate.

[Edited on 7-1-2022 by a_bab]
View user's profile View All Posts By User
Hexabromobenzene
Harmless
*




Posts: 44
Registered: 27-4-2021
Member Is Offline


[*] posted on 8-1-2022 at 18:10


I had covid about yer ago(unvaccinated). It reduces smell about 80 percent but fully recovered in about 3 weeks. But other familiar reports fully loss smell and long recovery(month)
It was original strain. Delta and omicron much less associated with loss smell

Covid in not dangerous for young people but dangerous for people 60+. In Russia excess death about 1.1 million since march 2020



[Edited on 9-1-2022 by Hexabromobenzene]
View user's profile View All Posts By User
XeonTheMGPony
International Hazard
*****




Posts: 1589
Registered: 5-1-2016
Member Is Offline

Mood: No Mood

[*] posted on 9-1-2022 at 06:17


Quote: Originally posted by Hexabromobenzene  
I had covid about yer ago(unvaccinated). It reduces smell about 80 percent but fully recovered in about 3 weeks. But other familiar reports fully loss smell and long recovery(month)
It was original strain. Delta and omicron much less associated with loss smell

Covid in not dangerous for young people but dangerous for people 60+. In Russia excess death about 1.1 million since march 2020



[Edited on 9-1-2022 by Hexabromobenzene]


Same got the woohuflu original, 3 to 4 days no taste or smell to speak of, recovered it in a week, for me it was an annoyingly bad cold in terms of experience.
View user's profile View All Posts By User
Tsjerk
International Hazard
*****




Posts: 2719
Registered: 20-4-2005
Location: Netherlands
Member Is Offline

Mood: Mood

[*] posted on 9-1-2022 at 06:39


I read omikron infects the throat first, giving the immune system sone time to react, making the chance of severely infecting the nose and lungs smaller. Therefore it is important to scrape the throat, although hard with the short swaps, when doing a self test. This way detecting an early infection is easier.

I also read the long term loss of smell is likely a sterile inflammation of the nerves, or the tissue around the nerves, and can be cured with a short high dose treatment with prednisolone (nasal spray).

View user's profile View All Posts By User

  Go To Top