American Rhinologic Society

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Press Release – March 24, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The ARS is aware of recent reports from our colleagues in the United States and overseas as well as from the media about anosmia being an early presenting symptom of COVID-19 in some patients, possibly preceding any additional symptoms such as fever and cough. Of course, anosmia can be a presenting symptom of non-COVID viral rhinitis as well. However, with the potential risk of transmission associated with procedures in the airway such as endoscopy, we wanted to inform the Rhinologic community about this emerging issue.

Please review the statements from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the British Rhinological Society, and media reports, here:

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery:

British Rhinological Society:


I am confident that we will overcome this COVID-19 crisis. That success depends in part and upon the dissemination of critical information as referenced above.

Stay safe…Stay healthy.

Thank you.

Robert Kern, MD, FARS
American Rhinologic Society

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