This page contains interviews with sensory experts on smell during the COVID19 pandemic. It also includes an evolving bibliography of news media and academic articles on the same topic.
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Dr Kate McLean
Key articles – Collating expertise and key links on smell during the pandemic.
- What Can Covid-19 Teach Us About the Mysteries of Smell? – Stephanie Gonot for The New York Times
About the science of smell in relation to COVID-19 smell loss, and a discussion of the value of smell.
The surprising business advantage of training your sense of smell – Anne Quito for Quartz at Work
How an hour spent smelling has been used to help well-being and audio-visual overstimulation as a result of the pandemic.
- Interest in perfume has never been greater, according to Cinquième Sens – Premium Beauty News
Quotes from fragrance industry figures on how the pandemic has produced a new interest in the use of smell for physical and emotional well-being.
- What Does the End of the Pandemic Smell Like? These Brands Have Found Success Trying to Find Out
A piece which details how brands have offered scented candles and perfumes smelling of bars and stale beer, bookshops, and locker-rooms to those who have missed the smells of daily life.
- How the pandemic made us rethink our sense of smell
An article with interviews with a number of Mumbai-based individuals on smell-loss during the pandemic and the impact it has had on them.
- Scents of Place: 12 of the World’s Most Fragrant Travel Destinations
Several interviewees comment on the smells of the places they miss and would like to return to and sniff once the pandemic has subsided.
- See Fewer People. Take Fewer Showers.
An article detailing the impact of working from home and lockdown sociability on people’s hygiene habits.
- Office-scented candles: ‘We obviously want everyone to laugh at this’
An article about the candles produced by two colleagues at New-York-based design company RGA, which aimed ‘to remind us of the office life we never thought we would miss’.
- Handshakes will return quickly post-pandemic — a neuroscientist explains why – Moran Cerf for Buisness Insider.
An article explaining how handshakes are an important part of human chemosignalling involving smell and why this means they are likely to return in a post-pandemic era.
- How do you want your wedding to smell? – Danielle Braff for the New York Times.
A piece on the increasingly popularity of ‘scent-scaping’ weddings, including a note that the pandemic may have increased people’s use of scent-scaping so as to evoke people, places, or things that they were unable to incorporate into lockdown-appropriate weddings.
- Doggy detectives: how our canine friends are sniffing out COVID-19 – Konrad Marshall for the Sydney Morning Herald.
An article exploring the use of sniffer dogs to track COVID, based on trials by university researchers in France.
- Revisiting a 19th century medical idea could help address covid-19 – Melanie Kiechle for The Washington Post.
An article that examines the medical theories of the nineteenth century – about miasma and smell – and how they might be relevant for thinking about the airborne transmission of COVID19 today.
- Louisa Allen (2021). The smell of lockdown: Smellwalks as sensuous methodology, Qualitative Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/14687941211007663
- Shima T. Moein, Seyed Mohammad, Reza Hashemian, Babak Mansourafshar, Ali Khorram-Tousi, Payam Tabarsi, Richard L. Doty (2020). Smell dysfunction: a biomarker for COVID-19, Allergy & Rhinology, 10(8): 944-950. https://doi.org/10.1002/alr.22587
- Nikola Žaja (2021). Alcohol, COVID-19 and the smell of relapse: a case report, Journal of Addictive Diseases, advanced access article: https://doi.org/10.1080/10550887.2021.1932398