This Wigan mum has never regained her sense of smell or taste one year after contracting Covid-19

A Wigan woman who contracted Covid-19 last April has never regained her sense of taste and smell, she has revealed.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 2:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 2:42 pm

And care assistant Jessica Cunliffe, from Hindley, has now all but resigned herself to never regaining them, nearly 12 months on from being infected.

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The 26-year-old said: “I was quite ill, but luckily and thankfully it wasn’t bad enough for me to need to go into hospital.

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Jessica Cunliffe from Hindley has lost her senses of smell and taste after catching Coronavirus

“I was ill for three weeks and during that time I lost my taste and smell.

“I kept waiting but they just never came back!”

At first, Jessica was confident her senses would return, but contacted her doctor after six weeks when nothing had changed.

“They told me they didn’t know themselves.

Covid-19 was a new thing then and they were still learning about it.

“They told me to call back if it was still a problem.

“I did so months later, but they could only give me the same answer.

“I’ve contacted them numerous times since and that’s all they can say.

“They can’t do anything about it.

“And frankly I don’t think my senses of taste and smell will ever come back now.

“I think this is life to me now, I suppose.”

She went on: “I can’t really explain the feeling. Nobody will understand it properly, unless they’ve experienced it themselves.

“It’s very annoying, although I’m sort of used to it now.

“But it does make me jealous when my husband and son are enjoying their food and I’m sitting there, chewing away on all different textures and not knowing what it tastes like.

“I’ve become used to it - I have had to - but I would love for it to come back.

“If I were to choose between one or the other, it would be my sense of smell. I’d want that back because I love my perfumes and my candles!”

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