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Kirk Herbstreit still tasteless and odorless five months after having COVID-19

Five months after Kirk Herbstreit was diagnosed with COVID-19 positively, he is still feeling the effects of the virus.

ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback tweeted on Tuesday that he still doesn’t have the taste and smell.

Herbstreit announced in December that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and would call the college football playoffs from his home. In his tweet on Tuesday, he said he had not tasted a meal since the end of December.

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According to a report from MIT Medical, some studies have shown that smell and taste return within 28 days of a diagnosis of COVID-19, while others have shown that longer periods are needed to regain these senses. A Journal of Internal Medicine study, cited in the MIT report, found that some patients did not regain smell and taste within a six-month period.

A BBC News report said some researchers recommend that those who haven’t recovered their taste or smell take smell training to work on regaining their senses.

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