Kirk Herbstreit still without taste or smell five months after having COVID-19

Written By Edward Sutelan
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Five months after Kirk Herbstreit's positive COVID-19 diagnosis, he is still feeling the effects of the virus. 

The ESPN college football analyst and former Ohio State quarterback tweeted on Tuesday that he still without his senses of taste and smell. 

Herbstreit announced in December that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, and that he would be calling the College Football Playoff from his home. In his tweet on Tuesday, he said that he has not tasted a meal since late December. 

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According to a report from MIT Medical, some studies have shown that smell and taste come back within the first 28 days after a COVID-19 diagnosis, while others have shown longer periods needed to regain those senses. One study, from the Journal of Internal Medicine, cited in the MIT report found that some patients had not regained smell and taste during a six-month period. 

A report from BBC News said that some researchers are recommending those who have not recovered their taste or smell to have smell training to work on recovering their senses. 

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