COVID-19 Information

News and Information on COVID-19 and Smell Loss

**Public Health England and the NHS recommend that if you experience sudden onset smell loss that you quarantine immediately for a minimum of 10 days.**

If you're looking for information, answers and advice about lost smell and taste following Covid-19, then welcome. It's estimated that around half of Covid-19 patients lose their sense of taste and smell. Most will recover within two to three weeks, but many thousands are still working towards recovery several months down the line. If you are one of those unlucky ones, don't despair. There are plenty of resources to inform and help your recovery. Make your first stop NoseWell, the resource created by the British Rhinological Society and ENT UK to help patients manage their own recovery.

Visit NoseWell for the latest advice from British Rhinological Society and ENT UK on dealing with COVID-19 smell loss.


AbScent Presents Zoom events: 

The Parosmia Plan: Food strategies for those coping with smell/taste distortions


Join Chrissi on Tuesday 27 October, 8pm UK time/3pm EST when she is joined by Dr Duika Burges Watson of ​​​​​​​the Altered Eating Research Network​​​​​​​ to talk about food and what to eat when nothing smells good.

Access the free Zoom webinar with this link:​​​​​​​



Past AbScent Presents videos:



Latest Media

Losing your taste to Corona virus - BBC The Food Chain - BBC The Food Chain, Chrissi at 18:20


Useful Guides

How long will it take to feel better? - a blog post by Chrissi Kelly 

What to expect when you lose your sense of smell: Covid-19 edition


News Updates

22/06/20 Management of New Onset Anosmia inthe COVID Pandemic: BRS Consensus Guidelines - BRS ENTUK

09/06/20 Widespread smell testing has limited application as a screening tool for COVID-19 - BRS ENTUK

18/05/20 Coronavirus symptoms: UK adds loss of smell and taste to list - BBC News

18/05/20 Anosmia recognised as a symptom of COVID-19 infection - BRS ENTUK

14/05/20 Coronavirus: Why hasn't the UK listed loss of smell as a symptom of Covid-19? - BBC News

08/05/20 More than just smell - COVID-19 is associated with severe impairment of smell, taste, and chemesthesis - Chemical Senses (preprint)

22/04/20 Alterations in Smell or Taste in Mildly Symptomatic Outpatients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection - JAMA

14/04/20 What it’s like to suffer from the coronavirus’s weirdest symptom - Washington Post

14/04/20 Coronavirus Ravages the Lungs. It Also Affects the Brain - Wall Street Journal

13/04/20 Olfactory Bulb Magnetic Resonance Imaging in SARS-CoV-2-Induced Anosmia: The First Report - Academic Radiology

13/04/20 Loss of smell and taste validated as COVID-19 symptoms in patients with high recovery rate - Science News

09/04/20 Under our Noses - Harper's

08/04/20 Sudden and Complete Olfactory Loss Function as a Possible Symptom of COVID-19 - JAMA Otolaryngology

04/04/20 Isolated sudden onset anosmia in COVID-19 infection. A novel syndrome? - Rhinology (preprint)

01/04/20 Sixty seconds on . . . anosmia - British Medical Journal

27/03/20 Advice for patients with new-onset anosmia during COVID-19 pandemic -

25/03/20 Coronavirus may cause loss of smell, or anosmia, but it probably won't be permanent - The Conversation

24/03/20 Loss of smell could reveal hidden virus cases: experts - France 24

24/03/20 Lost Smell and Taste Hint COVID-19 Can Target the Nervous System - The Scientist

23/03/20 Doctors say loss of sense of smell might be Covid-19 Symptom - CNN

23/03/20 Anosmia, Hyposmia and Dysgeusia Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease - American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 

22/03/20 Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection - New York Times

20/03/20 Stanford University Medical School report on the dangers COVID-19 transmission through endoscopy

20/03/20 Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID-19 infection -

20/03/20 There’s An Unexpected Loss Of Smell And Taste In Coronavirus Patients -


AbScent Press Releases

18/05/20 Anosmia Recognized as COVID-19 Symptom (pdf)

08/05/20 Global Survey Supports Link Between COVID-19 and Loss of Smell and Taste (pdf)

20/03/20 COVID-19 and Smell Loss Update (pdf)

18/03/20 Smell Loss and COVID-19 (pdf)


Helpful Videos

Thomas Hummel on COVID-19 and Smell Loss


How to Smell Train after Smell Loss from COVID-19 with Chrissi Kelly