Mayo Clinic Talks COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 7: Anosmia - What’s Currently Known

Mayo Clinic Talks

Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast #139

COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 7: Anosmia - What’s Currently Known

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COVID-19 information evolves daily.  The views and perspectives shared in these resources are presented based on information available at the time of recording.
Recorded March, 2020

For the most up to date information visit:

CDC - Information for Healthcare Professionals about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization's Country & Technical Guidance - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
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Guest: Erin K. O'Brien, M.D. Twitter @ErinOBrienMDHost: Amit K. Ghosh, M.D., M.B.A. Twitter @AmitGhosh006

What’s currently known about anosmia as a symptom of COVID-19 infection? Should we be using it as a screening tool? What causes it to occur when someone is infected with SARS-CoV-2 and what’s the prevalence in symptomatic vs otherwise asymptomatic individuals? Dr. Erin O’Brien gives an up to date overview of current reports, treatment options, and what you need to know about anosmia.

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Target Audience

This course is intended for primary care providers: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Mayo Clinic Talks Podcast episode, learners should be able to:

  • Recall current reports of anosmia incidence in COVID-19.
  • Recall current theory for how SARS-CoV-2 causes anosmia in COVID-19.
  • Recall recommendations for presence of anosmia as a screening question when evaluating for COVID-19.
  • Recall current recommendations for the treatment of anosmia.
  • Recall the presence of a high SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the nose for those with COVID-19.

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  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.50 Attendance
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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.50 Attendance


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