Discussion (Special Senses – Taste and Olfaction)

Some of the symptoms of COVID may include loss of taste and or smell. In this discussion, you will describe how it is believed that the corona virus causes the loss of smell OR describe how the normal sense of smell or taste are affected.

Create a Thread: Choose to discuss either taste OR smell. Indicate:

  • (1pt) You must include sources other than lecture and lab book. If your source is the internet, your sources should be credible sources such as WebMD, Mayo Clinic, Nature or other Scientific Journals. Never use Web sites where an author cannot be determined, unless the site is associated with a reputable institution such as a respected university, a credible media outlet, government program or department, or well-known non-governmental organizations. Include the title of the article/book and also include the link (so that I can see the source). For example: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02558-8
  • (1pt) Describe using anatomy of tongue/nose on how the corona virus is believed to affect taste OR smell.
  • (2pts) Choose and answer at least 2 of the following:
    • What part of the pathway is affected? The beginning, the middle or the end? Explain, for example don’t just write “end of pathway”.
    • Describe some of the symptoms of sensory loss using appropriate terminology i.e anosmia, parosmia. 
    • Explain how COVID symptoms affecting taste OR smell affect your ability to maintain homeostasis.
    • How long do symptoms last? Is there any recommendation to speed up recovery? Are there lingering effects?

Reply to a Classmate who chose same special sense you did.  

  • (1pt) reply to classmate with different answer than you on how the virus affects’ your sense of smell. Indicate why you believe they made a mistake (by giving them evidence from your research) or describe in detail why you believe you made a mistake (by including the evidence you used to support your answer and why you believe you are wrong).
  • Reply only to student with 0-2 replies; students should not end up with more than 3 replies.
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