I had COVID-19 in the winter of 2021. It was a whole new experience of me getting sick because I had never lost my sense of smell before and this freaked me out. I realized I couldn't smell anything or taste anything while I was showering and I couldn't smell my favorite body wash. I was trying my hardest to inhale it and nothing. I was so freaked out, I had no idea what to do. That week that I couldn't smell anything was when I realized how much I take smelling for granted. I couldn't eat any food because I had no taste either and I did not want to eat without having taste.
After losing my sense of smell, there are a lot of smells and tastes that don't taste the same as before. It feels like some things are bitter now which I used to enjoy before or some smells make me nauseous. Anosmia is such a scary thing for me because I had no idea it was a problem that affected so many people and there isn't an exact cure for it. I remember looking up everything possible to get my sense of smell back.