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Charting Pediatrics

Mar 5, 2021

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COVID-19 has disrupted people’s ability to smell, for days or months and has been well-documented at this point in the pandemic, but researchers aren’t sure why. Even less is known about the long-term effects on children who have not regained their sense of smell months after recovering from COVID-19, a phenomenon that is believed to be vastly underreported. Pediatric patients are less likely to articulate to a provider or to their parents that they cannot smell or taste normally.

On today’s episode, we talk with Kenny Chan, MD about the existing supportive evidence for olfactory training to help with post-COVID-19 infection recovery and a new research study being launched at Children’s Colorado to help learn more about these patients.

Dr. Chan is the Chair of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is Professor of Otolaryngology and Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

JAMA Insights Article: Olfactory Dysfunction in COVID-19 Diagnosis & Management