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.

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