Article: Volume 47 Number 8 Page 682 - September 2020

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COVID-19:  Chemosensory Dysfunction in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Abstract: ‘Smell and taste are in fact but a single composite sense, whose laboratory is the mouth and its chimney is the nose’ Jean Anthelms Brillat-Savarin (18th century French Writer)

Clinical relevance: Loss, or alteration, of taste and smell sensation is now recognised as a pathognomonic feature of COVID 19.

Author notes: Lakshman Samaranayake, DDS, DSc(hc), FRCPath, FRACDS, FDS RCS(Edin), Professor Emeritus and Immediate-past Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Kausar Sadia Fakhruddin, BDS, MSc, Lecturer, Departments of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE and Nihal Bandara, BDS, PhD, FHEA, Lecturer, Oral Microbiology, Bristol Dental School, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.

Objective: To discuss the loss of taste and smell to COVID 19.