Anosmia Awareness Day 2021
Anosmia Awareness Day – February 27th 2021 – We Caught Up With The Man Behind It – Daniel Schein
Fifth Sense Ambassador, Max Law recently caught up with our old friend Daniel Schein, the man who started Anosmia Awareness Day back in 2012. Born with anosmia, Daniel is an American working at a US-based Technology Consulting firm. Daniel’s discovery that his congenital condition had a name, prompted him to create this special day. He runs the website anosmiaawareness.org, a focal point for Anosmia Awareness Day and a valuable resource for those keen to know more about the condition.
Hi Daniel, It’s great to catch up with you a year on from when we last spoke. Given that anosmia is a known symptom of Covid 19, we wondered if you’ve had more enquiries from people, from the media or other organisations?
We have seen an increase in communications from individuals and several organizations that are now starting up. One outcome of this is a new partnership we formed with STANA, an advocacy group that is just getting started here in the USA.
Have you seen an increase in hits on anosmiawareness.org?
Since Covid broke, we have certainly seen an uptick in site visits and had a number of Covid-related enquiries.
How has Covid affected your social media activity?
Covid has not really affected our social media activity publicly. However, we do respond to individuals who reach out through our social media channels.
How will Covid affect your plans and/or content for Anosmia Awareness Day this year?
As part of a website refresh, we will be adding a page dedicated to Covid-19
To what extent do you think Covid 19 has increased public awareness and/or understanding of anosmia?
Covid 19 has certainly brought about much more awareness for anosmia and unfortunately, there are many individuals who still have anosmia from Covid. We are there to provide any support we can.
Do you see any positives arising as a result of this dreadful disease? For example, do you think there might be a greater appetite for olfactory research?
Given the increase in visitors to our site and the increase of public awareness, I believe that olfactory research will increase and labs all over the world will invest more resources into learning the pathophysiology of anosmia.
Anosmia Awareness – #SmellySneakerChallenge
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Fifth Sense SmellySneakerChallenge for anosmia awareness – YouTube
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? Grab a sneaker and camera.
? Film yourself sniffing the sneaker (you can be as creative as you want to be!)
? Tag @FifthSenseUK (on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok) and include the hashtags (#) #anosmiaawarness and #SmellySneakerChallenge to help raise the profile of anosmia awareness.
Teaser alert… we are teaming up with our Ambassadors and our commercial partners at FlavorActiv and Cadent to raise awareness…..stay tuned for a new campaign dropping soon…
#anosmiaawarenessday2021 #anosmia #sensory #sensorydevelopment #alltheosmias #smell
Anosmia Awareness – Smell – A Lifesaving Sense
Most of us do not even realise what an important role the sense of smell plays in our lives and the problems people who are deprived of it face. Our sense of smell does not only let us smell and distinguish the different aromas that things have it can also act as a main early warning system for our bodies and help keep us safe.
If you are affected by #anosmia the loss of or lack of the ability to smell and you use gas appliances, you may be at risk if there is a problem with your gas. We’ve partnered with @Cadent to create some simple tips to help you use gas safely Click here to read more
In The Conversation, Prof. Carl Philpott discusses parosmia and how smell training can help. Parosmia is believed to occur due to partial recovery of the smell receptors in the top of the nose. Because we recognise smells as mixtures of odour molecules, if some receptors aren’t working, the pattern recognition is affected, and this leads to a distorted signal, which more often is interpreted as unpleasant (troposmia), but can sometimes be a pleasant distortion (euosmia). Nonetheless, the symptom of parosmia is seen by olfactologists as an encouraging sign, even though sufferers find it very hard to contend with. – Click here to read more
Anosmia Awareness – SmellAbility Toolbox
SmellAbility tools (https://bit.ly/2WCdDcB) are a brilliant resource to help people with smell training. Not only are some downloadable but we also provide free smell training #LetsTalkSmellAndTaste online support sessions and YouTube video smell training demonstration. As a bonus, professional aromatherapist, Frauke Galia is one of our ambassadors who contributes to this and has written a great article for HuffPost about her motivations to help people with smell training. http://bit.ly/3dESxE6
For Anosmia Awareness Day 2021, our Fifth Sense Ambassadors have been busy! Here they share their personal messages to everyone affected by smell and taste disorders. #wehearyou #youarenotalone
Anosmia Awareness – What Are You Doing to Raise Awareness?
This week, we are focussing on Anosmia Awareness Day 2021 which is Saturday 27th February. Our Fifth Sense Ambassadors have already been busy. @girlwhocantsmell has created graphics to help spread the word. Is there anything you are doing that you would like us to share? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org