When I returned to work everything smelled like dust. Unfortunately as it turned out it wasn't anything other than the absence of other smells which I was used to in my office. I put a Glade air "freshener" in there which is a strong smell that I can sense. It helped. Seval: Over time I find I have forgotten what trees, flowers, grass etc smell like but it is a bit disconcerting that when going for a walk in the woods that I can only smell car exhaust far away so that is what fresh air means to me now. You will eventually be ok I believe. Recovery from virus induced smell loss is quite good. If you can smell as you mention at times your olfactory pathway to the brain to still ok. Since the nerve cells regenerate the question is can they find their way back to the pathway again. With a virus often that is doable since the gap to cross is relatively small. This is what I have read. For me the loss of sensory non-olfactory nerves is even worse since I cannot feel my nose, sense moisture etc. Imagine breathing through a thin straw. Take heart - I have read a great deal on smell loss and listened to my ENTs and your chances are good. I am assuming you are a non-smoker. If you do smoke you need to quit right away. I was a smoker and this was the first thing my ENT told me.