Loss of sense of smell is a frequent symptom following COVID-19 infection. Although for a significant proportion of patients, the loss is only temporary and their sense of smell recovers relatively quickly, for others, the problem can persist and can have a major impact on quality of life.
Cochrane ENT has been awarded £34,011 of funding by the NIHR for a project on the ‘Prevention and treatment of persisting olfactory dysfunction after COVID-19 infection’.
Cochrane ENT will use the funding to complete a suite of Cochrane living systematic reviews to identify interventions that have been used to prevent or treat loss of smell following COVID-19 infection. The reviews will assess the effectiveness of interventions, as well as any adverse effects they may have. These living systematic reviews will be updated as and when new research becomes available.