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These Are the 2 COVID Symptoms Trisha Yearwood Can't Get Rid Of

The singer is still affected by these issues two months later.

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.

Two months after having COVID, Trisha Yearwood still can't taste or smell properly.

Kelly Clarkson interviewing Trisha Yearwood on her talk show
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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."

For more on the lasting COVID effects, Dr. Fauci Says These Are the COVID Symptoms That Don't Go Away.

The symptoms are affecting one of Yearwood's passions.

Trisha Yearwood performing on the "Today" show in 2005
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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."

For more from COVID long-haulers, check out The "Really Disturbing" Long COVID Symptom Doctors Want You to Prepare For.

When Yearwood was diagnosed, Brooks was worried about his wife's ability to sing.

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks at the iHeart Radio Music Awards in March 2019
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Yearwood was diagnosed with COVID in February, and Brooks shared a statement about how his wife was doing on Facebook. He also talked about his concerns as she battled the virus.

"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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Yearwood says she was worried she'd transmit the virus to Brooks.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala in February 2019
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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.

And for more from Brooks, check out Garth Brooks Revealed How Lady Gaga "Saved" Him at the Inauguration.

Lia Beck
Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more. Read more
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