One of the well-known symptoms of Covid-19 is loss of smell. To regain this meaning, olfactory rehabilitation is sometimes necessary. It was for this purpose that CovidAnosmi, an application created by a French doctor, was born.
Free and autonomous olfactory training
Goal : rediscover the sense of smell. People infected with Covid-19 and having lost their sense of smell can now count on an application to coach them in their olfactory rehabilitation. Entirely free, CovidAnosmi provides a smell recovery protocol based on a scientific study.
It was coordinated by oncologist Fabrice Denis, doctor at the Jean Bernard Center in Le Mans and specialist in digital health applications, with the Lille start-up Kelindi. This application allows you to re-education autonomous of smell.
The principle: smell essential oils with known odors (coffee, vanilla) twice a day in order to boost their chances of regaining their sense of smell more quickly.
For “accelerate regeneration of olfactory neural circuits damaged by the virus“, the application offers a support visuel.
Encouraging results … provided you are patient!
The online application has been tested on more than 500 patients to measure the impact of the protocol. The results are in. In the clinical study, published in the scientific journal Journal of Medical Internet Research, the researchers note positive results but which take time.
After, at least, 28 days of rehabilitation, 73% of patients report a significant improvement in their disorder. A rate that rises to 78% after more than two months rehabilitation.
This solution could improve the lives of the many patients who have suffered from odor disorders. A symptom that can lead to eating disorders, for a quarter of them, and depressive disorders for 30% of patients.