Sarah Govier, a healthcare worker in England who suffered from parosmia after taking Covid-19, founded the Covid Anosmia / Parosmia Support Group this summer. “The day I opened it in August, five or six people joined in,” she said. “We met 10,000 people by January.” Now it has nearly 16,000 members.
Another Facebook group, AbScent, which was formed before the pandemic and is affiliated with a charity, has seen increased interest. “People come from all over the world, from South America, Central Asia, Far East Russia, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Canada,” said Chrissi Kelly, founder of AbScent.
In March Siobhan Dempsey, 33, graphic designer and photographer in Northampton, England, wrote to the Facebook group Covid Anosmia / Parosmia: “I’m happy to say that after almost 90 percent of my taste and smell, I’m back a year, in which Covid was trapped. “She was flooded with messages of congratulations.
It had been a long journey for her. For months everything had a burning chemical smell. Vegetables, which made up most of her diet since she is a vegetarian, were unbearable. “Everything sweet was horrible,” she said. “DR. Pfeffer, Fanta, it was disgusting.”
However, in the past few weeks she has noticed a shift. “It sounds clichéd, but last weekend in the UK it was Mother’s Day and my partner and 3-year-old boy bought me flowers,” she said. “I said, ‘These smell really good.'”