'Strange' sensation in nose could be new coronavirus symptom, study warns

Scientists have warned that a strange nose feeling could be a new symptom of coronavirus.

Researchers at the University of Barcelona studied 35 Covid-19 patients and more than 68% reported at least one sea symptom.

They include dryness, a “strange feeling” and the feeling of having a “nasal douche” – a type of tube that can be inserted into the nose.

They usually occurred simultaneously with the loss of taste and smell, and lasted an average of 12 days.

The researchers, led by Jordi Navarra, wrote, “The presence of these nasal symptoms, and their early onset, could potentially allow for early diagnosis of Covid-19 and initial social disengagement efforts.”

Last week, researchers at the University of Birmingham unveiled a nasal spray that can prevent coronavirus patients from infecting others.

They claim it can trap and cover the virus in the nose, after which it can be eliminated by blowing or swallowing the nose.

Professor Liam Grover, one of the lead authors of the study, said: “Although our noses filter thousands of gallons of air every day, there is not much protection against infection and most viruses are transmitted into the air through the nasal cavity.

“The spray we formulated provides that protection, but it can also prevent the virus from being passed from person to person.”

Their research has not yet been peer-reviewed.

'Strange' sensation in nose could be new coronavirus symptom, study warns

The government still lists three main symptoms of the coronavirus: a high temperature, a new, persistent cough, and a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.

The NHS warns, “If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus: 1) Get tested as soon as possible to check for coronavirus.

“2) You and everyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – leave your house only for a test.

“Everyone in your support bubble should also stay home if you’ve been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or for the 48 hours before they started.”