02 Jun Bloomberg Law: CDC Touts Smell Training After Covid, But Results Are Unproven
Regular sniffing of lemon, clove and other spices won’t help everyone regain their sense of smell after Covid-19, but the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says “smell training” is something people should absolutely try.
Dr. John Brooks, the CDC’s chief medical officer for the agency’s Covid-19 emergency response, first touted its use at a congressional hearing last month saying it’s a treatment that “really works.”
“I will tell you that part of the reason I wanted to emphasize that it really works is to raise people’s awareness that it exists,” he said.
But some doctors and scientists worry that may be giving people a false sense of hope about the effectiveness of olfactory, or smell, training.