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What’s the difference between scrambled eggs and a boiled egg? In my case one I can eat the other makes me sick to my stomach. Welcome to the weird world of side effects.
The more I read about the side-effects some people experience when infected with Covid-19 the more I believe I came down with it in January 2020, see here for my original posting. I mentioned in that post about smell, shivers, sweats and that I was off my food. As it happens, I lost the urge to eat anything and whatever the virus was, it made me feel sick even thinking about food. I also went off coffee which is an absolute shock to an addict like me. But at that time, I never even considered I had contracted Covid-19, that strain of coronavirus hadn’t impinged itself on our collective psyche up to that point. It was only as the days and weeks wore on that though some of the side effects lessened, some were not going away.
It now transpires that Covid-19 affects many people in completely diverse ways. We now know about so called Long Covid which leaves many with debilitating long-term effects to their health. I for one am thankful that if indeed I did contract Covid-19 in January 2020, it didn’t leave any long-lasting side effects… except one. I cannot stand the sight or smell of scrambled eggs. As always, science has a name for this odd effect, it’s called parosmia. It’s a side-effect that’s been known about for a long time and is associated with several diseases.
With parosmia, the brain fails to correctly identify a particular smell, in my case scrambled eggs, and substitutes the correct smell for something vile, like rotten eggs. This in turn results in a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. What is odd, in my case, is that it doesn’t affect me in any other form of egg, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, fried or scotch eggs are all fine. But scrambled eggs are a non-starter. Even choosing the picture for this piece made me want to vomit.
The mechanism which causes a loss of smell isn’t understood, but that doesn’t stop the effect being real and, in some cases, very debilitating. It’s been reported by the BBC that a woman in England who caught Covid-19 in March 2020 has been so severely affected by parosmia she lives off a diet of bread and cheese as these are the only foods she can tolerate.
So, until I get a test to prove either I have or haven’t had covid-19 I’m going to assume I may well have contracted the virus and survived. Having said that, I have no intention of courting the virus to test my theory. Losing the ability to stomach scrambled eggs is one thing but, losing the ability to drink coffee would be torture.
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