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Vol. 87. Issue 5.
Pages 638 (September - October 2021)
Vol. 87. Issue 5.
Pages 638 (September - October 2021)
Letter to the editor
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Monitoring of cases of anosmia and COVID-19
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Pathum Sookaromdeea,
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, Viroj Wiwanitkitb
a Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
b Dr DY Patil University, Pune, India
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Dear Editor,

We would like to share ideas on the publication “Monitoring of cases of anosmia may help control the COVID-19 pandemic.1” Miyake et al. concluded that “The adoption of a unified internet self-reported notification system of new cases of sudden dysosmia ….. this pandemic”.1 In fact, asymptomatic and atypical clinical presentation is not uncommon in COVID-19 and it is necessary that the practitioner has to recognize for the possibility.2,3 Anosmia is a possible clinical presentation in COVID-19. Screening for anosmia might be difficult but it is useful for early detection of the case.4 A reporting tool might be helpful for screening.5 Regarding the self-reported notification system, an important consideration is on the reliability. In a developing country, a low educated people might disguise the clinical history and the reporting system is usually not useful.6 A non-subjective screening tool should be considered for anosmia screening.

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References
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M.M. Miyake, W.T. Anselmo-Lima.
Monitoring of cases of anosmia may help control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Braz J Otorhinolaryngol, 87 (2021), pp. 377-378
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B. Joob, V. Wiwanitkit.
Atypical presentation of COVID-19.
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Asymptomatic COVID-19: an important clinical consideration.
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Anosmia and the need for COVID-19 screening during the pandemic.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 163 (2020), pp. 96-97
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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 163 (2020), pp. 132-134
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Patients with COVID-19 and disguising on travel history: a challenge in disease screening.
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