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Lunch Break Science: COVID-19 and Smell Loss

Thursday, March 11 at 12:00pm to 12:45pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed millions of lives worldwide and led to considerable short and long-term health consequences for survivors. One common symptom reported in a wide number of cases is the debilitating loss of smell and taste.

Sense of smell is one of the more overlooked senses, despite its importance in many aspects of our day to day lives. Losing your sense of smell and taste can do more than just keep you from enjoying your favorite meal, it can also leave you vulnerable to dangers such as fire, food poisoning and much more. While most regain their sense of smell over a short period of time, even mild cases of COVID-19 infection can cause long-term or permanent damage.

Dr. Evan Reiter of the VCU Smell and Taste Center will take your questions live and discuss what is known so far about loss of smell associated with COVID-19 infection, how it might affect our daily lives and what we can do about it.

  • What: “COVID-19 and Smell Loss: When We Can No Longer Wake Up and Smell the Coffee," presented by Evan Reiter, MD, Medical Director of the VCU Smell and Taste Disorders Center
  • When: Thursday, March 11, 12 - 12:45 pm
  • Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home

How to Attend

This digital Lunch Break Science is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 am on the day of the event.

You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 am on the day of the event.

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