Smell loss and COVID-19 study


Thank you for your interest in this research study!

Only individuals who have been tested for COVID-19 at a UF Health clinic may participate in this study.

If you are visiting this site because you have received a flyer, please contact the study team to get started:

There is no compensation for participating in this study.

There is no medical treatment for participating in this study.

Please continue to read this website for more information about the research study.

About this study

You can help researchers at the University of Florida understand if smell loss is a symptom of COVID-19.

Dr. Steven Munger and his team from the UF Center of Taste and Smell are seeking adults 18 and older who have been tested for COVID-19 in the past three (3) days to participate in this research study.

Who can participate?

  • You have been tested for COVID-19 in the past three days at a UF Health clinic
  • Your COVID-19 test was positive OR negative, this study is accepting both groups.
  • You are 18 years old or older.
  • You can read and complete an English language smell test.
  • You do not have a history of a pre-existing olfactory (smell) disorder.
  • You are not hospitalized for COVID-19.

Additional criteria may apply.

How do I participate?

If you have been tested at a UF Health clinic in the past three (3) days, please email or call Dr. Steven Munger:

He will send you a document to sign called an “informed consent form”. This is a form that details study risks, benefits and your responsibilities as a participant.

Dr. Munger will go through this document with you over the phone or through a video chat.

What will I do?

Once you agree to participate in the study, you receive smell tests at the address you are currently isolating.

These smell tests will come in the form of a booklet with scratch-and-sniff odors and a questionnaire. You will answer these questions on a secure website and submit them to the study team.

The study team will go through the tests with you and provide the website link so you can answer the questions.

Smell tests will be administered within seven (7) days of the COVID-19 testing, and again three (3) months later.


If you are interested in participating or have questions about this study, please contact Dr. Steven Munger:


18 to 65
65 and over



Monetary compensation


Can be done from home



covid-19, Coronavirus, OpenCovid19, AllCovid19

Principal Investigator

Steven Munger, PhD



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