u-Smell-it test is a Pre-Corona test. Research shows that our nose is a powerful secret weapon to help identify COVID-19 as up to 85% of people infected with the coronavirus experience loss of smell. Identifying loss of smell, aka anosmia, is a 5-10 times more specific indicator than a temperature test.
This is due to the nature of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which binds ACE2 Receptors that are enriched -500 fold in top of the nose. Thus a unique feature of COVID-19 is a loss of smell even without a stuffy or runny nose that is typical of the flu.
Do we need a smell test?
When any of our 5 senses are altered to properly determine this requires a sensitive and standardized test, such as a vision test or hearing test -especially when there is only partial alteration. Same with smell – this requires a quantitative smell (aka olfactory) test. For the loss of smell maybe very subtle and not noticed. There can be other effects such as foods may taste different.
Our u-Smell-it cards are designed to detect what is hidden and are noticed and optimized. To help detect for Covid-19 induced loss of smell in a format that is fast, inexpensive, accurate and even fun.
This is not a diagnostic test rather an indicator that you may have loss of smell and may give false positive or negative results.
- Study found loss of smell and taste symptoms with Covid-19 often occur before other symptomsLoss of taste and smell are common in COVID-19 patients, and it often occurs before other symptoms, a new study says. It included 93 people, average age 63, with COVID-19 who were admitted to an Italian hospital in March. None of them ended up in intensive care. Loss of smell and taste was reported by […]
- Olfactory transmucosal – Coronavirus ( Covid-19) entry point to the brain?Nature featured ‘Olfactory transmucosal SARS-CoV-2 invasion as a port of central nervous system entry in individuals with COVID-19’ [ From the abstract] The newly identified severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes COVID-19, a pandemic respiratory disease. Moreover, thromboembolic events throughout the body, including in the CNS, have been described. Given the neurological symptoms observed in […]
- All about the Smell; ‘ Fifth Sense’ that we can learn all about the background on smell“Fifth Sense exists to provide support and advice to people affected by smell and taste-related disorders, and so that society can understand what it means to suffer impairment of one or both of these senses.” This is their statement. Fifth Sense is based in the UK and the first charity providing direct support, advice, and […]
- Inverse Posted – “Coronavirus Two Sensory Symptoms Are Warning Signs Of COVID-19 Infection”Growing evidence suggests clinicians might have overlooked a key clue present before those hallmark symptoms hit: the sudden loss of smell or taste. A study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology: Clinical Practice found this type of sensory dysfunction could be an early and reliable sign of Covid-19. By tracking the symptoms of 93 Covid-19 patients admitted to an Italian hospital in March […]
- Oxford Academic Posted; Objective Sensory Testing Methods Reveal a Higher Prevalence of Olfactory Loss in COVID-19–Positive Patients Compared to Subjective MethodsAbstract; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has currently infected over 6.5 million people worldwide. In response to the pandemic, numerous studies have tried to identify the causes and symptoms of the disease. Emerging evidence supports recently acquired anosmia (complete loss of smell) and hyposmia (partial loss of […]