Mayo Clinic Talks Episode 247: COVID-19 Miniseries Episode 74: The World is Flat – Addressing Anosmia in Post-COVID Patients

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Guest: Erin K. O'Brien, M.D.

Host: Amit K. Ghosh, M.D.

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 May 26, 2021
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Erin O’Brien, M.D., division chair of Rhinology in Rochester, MN, joins us again to provide an evidence-based update on anosmia and its prevalence in post-COVID patients. She reviews the postulated mechanism by which anosmia occurs in this group of patients, and how this effects patients’ safety, mental health, and overall wellbeing. Dr. O’Brien also gives an overview of treatment options, such as various methods of olfactory training, and what physicians need to know when counseling their patients with post-COVID anosmia.

Additional resources: 
•    Video on olfactory training:\
•    Abscent – resources for patients with anosmia:

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