While reading Chapter 3, I couldn't believe how anosmia is so common now because of COVID-19. Anosmia is the loss of smell which could be partially or completely. We meet Karl Wuensch whose sense of smell starts fading. He suffers from anosmia because of large polyps in his sinuses and severely swollen turbinates. He explains how much he missed the smell of people. It affected him because there was an element missing in his intimate and casual interactions. It made me think of those who suffer from anosmia while having COVID-19. In the book, it is explained that most people who have anosmia become depressed. I am curious to see what the results will be for those who have it during the lockdown. COVID-19 affected many people's mental health. I would be curious to compare the people who developed anosmia in 2020 depression scores to those before the pandemic.
I really liked your extension to COVID-19 in your post! It definitely would be interesting and very informative to look at depression during COVID-19 and analyze anosmia and how this condition effected mental health.ReplyDelete