Anosmia Awareness Day 2021!

Anosmia Awareness Day takes place on February 27th. On this day, we acknowledge the impact smell disorders have, and raise awareness for the patients that suffer from smell and taste dysfunctioning.

In the past year, anosmia has impacted the lives of more people than ever before, since disorders of smell and taste are among the most defining symptoms of COVID-19. But on this day, we also did not forget the patients that suffer from congenital anosmia, hyposmia, parosmia or anosmia following head and neck trauma, other viral infections, or the many other causes that may result in a loss or alteration of smell and/or taste.

The Dutch patient association Reuksmaakstoornis released their latest edition of their magazine, with specific attention towards the impact of COVID-19. You can read it, in Dutch, here:

To illustrate at least some of the impact of covid19 related anosmia, here are some quotes from the patients’ stories:

Be careful with your sense of smell and taste (Edwin van der Wallen, p. 7)

Eating has become a necessary evil (Cathinka Hazebroek, p. 31)

Not being able to smell myself makes me insecure (Wesley Scheurwater, p. 24)

It doesn’t get enough attention (Saskia Baas, p. 14)

At night I was standing outside, trying to smell springtime (David Hendriks, p. 18)

I’m afraid nothing will come back anymore (Antoinette Knevel, p. 11)

Of course we as NOSE support their campaign, that they launched Saturday the 27th, Anosmia Awareness Day, with the hashtag #IkRuikOokNiets or in English #IAlsoCantSmell!

One thought on “Anosmia Awareness Day 2021!

  • April 25, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Good day
    My name is Refilwe Ntuli from the East Rand, I think I was born without sense of smell because you know why?I don’t how, how anything smells like. I am 26years old,so Yes I have been living with this disability all my life and this is actually the first time I am publicly telling someone about it because I thought it was abnormal for me to not smell anything until Mr Google made me understand better. I have something called Anosmia.


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