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COVID-19 Anosmia Reporting Tool: Initial Findings

April 14, 2020 - 1:17pm

The first data from the AAO-HNS COVID-19 Anosmia Reporting Tool was analyzed and reported in the following article, which has been accepted for publication in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

Now Published Online! [Short Scientific Communication] COVID-19 Anosmia Reporting Tool: Initial Findings

Authors: Rachel Kaye, MD, CW David Chang, MD, Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA, Jean Brereton, MBA, and James Denneny, MD 

According to the authors, “We analyzed the first 237 entries which revealed that anosmia was noted in 73% of subjects prior to COVID-19 diagnosis and was the initial symptom in 26.6%. Our findings suggest that anomia can be a presenting symptom of COVID-19, consistent with other emerging international reports. Anosmia may be critical in timely identification of individuals infected with SARS-CoV2 who may unwittingly be transmitting the virus.”

The AAO-HNS COVID-19 Anosmia Reporting Tool, which launched on March 26, 2020,  was developed by the AAO-HNS Infectious Disease and Patient Safety Quality Improvement Committees to allow healthcare providers of all specialties and patients worldwide to submit data to confidentially report on anosmia and dysgeusia related to COVID-19. The AAO-HNS continues to collect data and further analysis will be done. The reporting tool can be accessed at the following link: https://www.entnet.org/content/reporting-tool-patients-anosmia-related-covid-19