Online smell, taste challenge offered as early detection tool for COVID-19
M. Yanina Pepino with coffee cup
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Abrupt changes in the senses of smell and taste are commonly reported by people who contract COVID-19 and may be an early warning sign that a person has been infected.

A brief smell and taste challenge, developed by the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research, is a web-based tool people can use to easily monitor changes in these senses using their favorite morning beverage. Anyone can participate by logging on to https://riech-check.de/. M. Yanina Pepino, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, serves on the leadership council for the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research, the group that developed the smell and taste challenge. Read more from Illinois News Bureau.