One thing scientists know about the virus that causes COVID-19 is that it can make some cells in the nose suddenly stop working for a while. Often, these cells restart working, though not always properly. How can you help your child express changes in their sense of smell and taste and possibly detect COVID-19?
Scientists at Monell and Temple University prepared a few tools to help:
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about a Monell and Temple University team that recently became part of a new National Institute of Health-funded initiative called the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostic Radical program. The NIH invested $107 million at 43 institutions across the country to support non-traditional and repurposed technologies to combat the pandemic and address future viral disease outbreaks. The award represents a significant achievement as Monell’s first major effort to validate SCENTinel, a rapid smell test.
Read about how smell tests using direct measures versus self-report show 75% of people with COVID-19 lose their sense of smell.
A real-time COVID-19 Smell Loss tracker. Created at Monell, this tool allows people to stay up-to-date with global COVID-19 research, specifically studies reporting smell loss. Please be patient – the page takes a moment to load.
Learn about a self-administered test to track the acuity of your senses of smell and taste, the loss of which are useful predictors of COVID-19.
Sudden loss of smell is a sensitive indicator of COVID infection
We have received many questions about smell tests for COVID-19 symptom checking. Building on years of experience developing the NIH Toolbox® Odor Identification Test and other smell tests, scientists Dr. Pam Dalton, from Monell, and Dr. Valentina Parma, from Temple University and Monell, created the following list of the six most-important features of a smell-test suitable for COVID-19 surveillance:
Taking all these features into consideration, a smell test was recently developed by the Monell-Temple team. To learn more about the test, contact email@example.com and read more here in a scientific preprint publication!
Watch webinar recordings from the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research on current COVID-19 research.
Watch Monell VP Nancy Rawson and postdoctoral fellow Federica Genovese on this AbScent.org talk, The Coronavirus: A Cell’s Eye View.
A video introduction to the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR). Learn how you can take part in their international survey about how a sudden loss of taste and smell is related to COVID-19.
Read an interview with Pam Dalton, who studies how emotions and thought patterns affect the way people perceive odor and sensory input from their surroundings (July 31, 2020)
Read a press release about Monell’s involvement in the Global Consortium of Chemosensory Researchers (GCCR). (Apr 7, 2020)
Read an interview with Dr. Bruce Kimball – who studies how disease alters animals’ body odors – about how his work may possibly inform the COVID-19 pandemic. (Apr 6, 2020)
The Philadelphia Inquirer, A Humidifier Could Help Ward Off COVID-19, but Don’t Overdo It (December 14, 2020)
The Guardian, Anosmia: How Covid Brought Loss of Smell Centre Stage (December 5, 2020)
The Wall Street Journal, Damaged Sense of Smell in Covid Patients Holds Clues to How Recovery Might Work (November 23, 2020)
The Washington Post, When Coffee Smells like Gasoline: Covid Isn’t Just Stealing Senses — It May Be Warping Them (November 5, 2020)
HealthDay News, Loss of smell more common in COVID-19 than thought (October, 27, 2020)
Philadelphia Inquirer, Loss of smell is an earlier COVID-19 symptom than fever; Philly’s Monell Center has sniff test for screening in the works (October 26, 2020)
KYW radio, New research confirms taste and smell losses are COVID-19 indicators (October 5th, 2020)
Smithsonian, Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smells (September 21, 2020)