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Loss of Smell From COVID-19 Has a Deeper Impact Than You Think

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much-needed attention to the problems faced by those with loss of smell. Once a niche field that received little attention from family physicians and the Ear, Nose, and Throat community, anosmia (the total loss of smell), hyposmia (a reduced sense of smell), and qualitative disorders of the sense of smell (parosmia and phantosmia) are now headline news.

The patient advocacy group AbScent, which formed before the pandemic started, was set up in the United Kingdom to support people who had experienced smell loss.

In a rapid response to the developing situation with COVID-19, AbScent set up a closed Facebook group in March 2020 to discuss the concerns of those with the coronavirus.

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