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We wish to challenge the assumption by COVID-19 researchers that olfactory dysfunction cannot be reviewed in children.1 Early identification of COVID-19 positive patients is key to limiting community spread and controlling the current global pandemic. New-onset anosmia was added to the primary screening symptoms for self-isolation after evidence emerged that it is an early symptom of COVID-19 infection. Official advice stipulates all individuals experiencing new-onset anosmia be presumed COVID-19 infected. Children were not excluded from this advice.
Anosmia is a highly specific and moderately sensitive screening symptom for COVID-19 infection in adults.2 To date, no published paediatric anosmia screening tools in COVID-19 have been validated. Simple screening questions regarding change or decrease in …
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