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June 2, 2021, 9:36 AM

CDC Touts Smell Training After Covid, But Results Are Unproven

Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Senior Reporter

Regular sniffing of lemon, clove and other spices won’t help everyone regain their sense of smell after Covid-19, but the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says “smell training” is something people should absolutely try.

Dr. John Brooks, the CDC’s chief medical officer for the agency’s Covid-19 emergency response, first touted its use at a congressional hearing last month saying it’s a treatment that “really works.”

“I will tell you that part of the reason I wanted to emphasize that it really works is to raise people’s awareness that it exists,” he said.

But some doctors and scientists worry that ...

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