Inside Trisha Yearwood's Ongoing Struggle With COVID-19 Symptoms

Trisha Yearwood, country singer and host of Food Network's "Trisha's Southern Kitchen," is happy to be COVID-free after testing positive for the virus earlier in the year. But the star is revealing her negative test unfortunately didn't come with a stop in symptoms.

In February 2021, Yearwood's husband, country singer Garth Brooks, announced to the public that his wife had contracted COVID-19 from a team member. "Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together," said Brooks at the time (via People). "She's a fighter and she's been doing everything right, so I know we'll walk out the other side of this thing together."

The two did walk out on the other side (kind of), with Yearwood sharing to Facebook in March 2021 she was COVID-19 free. "My incredible husband is literally Superman and never got COVID — but still took all the precautions to keep everyone we know and love safe," said the TV host about her husband. Unfortunately for Yearwood, the virus had some lasting effects that have made her job as a TV cook quite difficult.

Garth Brooks has to help Trisha Yearwood taste food

In an April 27 appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Trisha Yearwood revealed that although she is eight weeks post COVID-19, the celeb is still facing a major obstacle from the virus. Yearwood opened up about her experience with COVID-19, telling Clarkson she "lost [her] taste and smell so food is kind of different right now."

The "Trisha's Southern Kitchen" star continued, "about five days in, I'm like, 'Honey,' 'cause Garth makes my coffee every morning, I'm like, 'I love you but did you ... this is weak coffee.'" Of course, Yearwood discovered it wasn't husband Garth Brooks' coffee that was the problem. "I can tell if something's spicy, that's about it," she revealed, adding that for her, "it's all about texture."

So how does a Food Network host cook with no ability to taste or smell? Well she uses her superstar country singing husband, of course. "I love to cook, so now when I cook, I just ask Garth, 'Tell me if it needs more salt and pepper,'" said Yearwood. "It's the weirdest thing."