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Letters Managing long covid

Managing long covid: don’t overlook olfactory dysfunction

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 25 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3736

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  1. Claire Hopkins, professor of rhinology1,
  2. Duika L Burges Watson, lecturer in population and health2,
  3. Chrissi Kelly, founder3,
  4. Vincent Deary, professor of applied health psychology4,
  5. Barry C Smith, director5
  1. 1Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London SE1 9RT, UK
  2. 2Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle on Tyne, UK
  3. 3AbScent Charity, Andover, UK
  4. 4University of Northumbria, Newcastle on Tyne, UK
  5. 5Institute of Philosophy, Centre for the Study of the Senses, London, UK
  1. claire.hopkins{at}

“One of the most distressing aspects of living with long covid is the dismissive attitude of some doctors.”1 This quote from Paul Garner in The BMJ resonates closely with views expressed by patients coming to terms with persistent olfactory dysfunction as a consequence of covid-19 infection. Loss of smell and taste is one of the most prevalent symptoms of covid-192 and the best predictor of covid status.23 A substantial proportion of patients experience …

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