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Will My Sense Of Smell Come Back? What ‘Smell Training’ Can And Can’t Do : Shots – Health News – NPR

COVID-19 has renewed interest in a key way humans perceive the world. A reporter who hasn’t been able to tell the scent of a rose from a sweaty gym shoe for decades…

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Scientists once compared the abilities of humans versus canines in tracking a trail of chocolate essential oil laid down in an open field. Though the humans weren’t nearly as proficient as the dogs, they did get better with practice.
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About 25 years ago, after a particularly bad cold, I suddenly lost my sense of smell I could no longer sense the difference between sweaty tennis shoes and a fragrant rose. Since then, my olfactory discernment comes and goes, and most…

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