Being diagnosed with COVID-19 can come with no symptoms at all, serious symptoms that lead to hospitalization, or “long-haul” symptoms that don’t seem to go away. As celebrities have come down with COVID, they’ve been vocal about the symptoms they can’t seem to shake. Now, in a new interview, country legend Trisha Yearwood has also revealed the COVID effects she can’t get rid of. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show this week, the country said that there are two symptoms that she is still facing following her diagnosis with the virus in February. read on to see how COVID is still plaguing Trisha Yearwood, and for more similar updates from celebrities, Ellen DeGeneres Reveals the “One Thing They Don’t Tell You” About COVID.
When Yearwood appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show, host Kelly Clarkson started by saying, “You are losing weight in COVID, and I found it. what are you doing?” Yearwood responded, “Spanx and also I lost my taste and smell, so food is kind of different right now.”
Yearwood explained that “about five days in” to her infection, her husband Garth Brooks made her coffee and she questioned why it was so weak. “Did you put coffee in here?” she said. but it turned out that she just couldn’t taste it properly because of the virus.
“but they say it comes back, right?” Clarkson asked of being able to smell and taste. Yearwood responded, laughing, “They do say it does, Kelly.”
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In addition to being a Grammy-winning singer, Yearwood also hosts a Food Network cooking show called Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. In the Apr. 27 interview, Yearwood told Clarkson that losing her senses of smell and taste has had an effect on her cooking.
“I love to cook, so now when I cook, I just ask Garth, like, ‘Tell me if it needs more salt and pepper,'” she said. “It’s the weirdest thing.”
Yearwood did say that she can still tell if food is spicy. “I can tell if something’s spicy. That’s about it. Lots of hot sauce,” she said. “Now it’s all about texture.”
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“Living with her, I sometimes take it for granted she’s one of the greatest voices in all of music, so the possible long-term effects on her concern me as her husband and as a fan,” Brooks wrote. “We’re very lucky she is currently under the greatest care in the best city for treating and healing singers.” (Brooks and Yearwood live near Nashville, the capital of country music.)
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While Yearwood was infected with the virus after a member of the couple’s team tested positive, Brooks never received a positive diagnosis himself.
Throughout her illness, Yearwood was worried she’d pass it on to him. “I’m like, you have to get away from me. You have to quarantine in another room. [He’s] like, ‘No, no. We’re in this together,'” she said. “I’m like, ‘Honey, I cannot give Garth Brooks COVID. You can’t get it.’ And he never did.”
Yearwood said his ability to stay healthy leads her to one conclusion: “He’s an alien, and think we’ve proved this.”
On a more sincere note, Yearwood told Clarkson that Brooks was incredibly supportive while she was sick. “He was really wonderful. He was really great,” she said.
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