- Researchers at the University of Barcelona have found that a range of nasal problems can be an early indication of a coronavirus infection.
- Some coronavirus patients involved in the study experienced nasal dryness while others experienced a strange sensation inside their nasal cavity.
A new study by researchers at the University of Barcelona has found that some people with the coronavirus experienced a range of nasal symptoms before more common symptoms began to appear. Specifically, the study found that symptoms like nasal dryness may in fact be a precursor to a coronavirus patient losing their ability to taste and smell. In some cases, it should be noted that the nasal symptoms occurred alongside the loss of taste and smell.
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The clinical group also experienced “a strange feeling in the nose” and excessive nasal dryness more often than the control group. In addition, 52 percent of the clinical group reported a constant feeling of having had a strong nasal douche.
Only three percent of the control group (those without COVID-19) reported the same. The researchers noted that “nasal symptoms coexisted mainly with anosmia or hyposmia.”
All in all, the list of symptoms of the coronavirus has grown considerably as doctors and health researchers continue to learn more about the virus. That said, the most common symptoms still tend to be influenza-like in nature, meaning fever, cough, and fatigue tend to be the symptoms coronavirus patients experience the most often.
Along with this, a recent study from Northwestern Medicine found that 82% of coronavirus patients who have symptoms severe enough to warrant hospitalization also have a range of neurological symptoms at some point in their illness. The list of common neurological symptoms includes memory loss, confusion, and the inability to focus on a task for an extended period of time.
What’s particularly frightening is that many coronavirus patients experience persistent neurological problems even weeks and months after leaving hospital. Some studies have shown that older patients with coronavirus are more likely to suffer from the aforementioned neurological problems for prolonged periods of time.
In addition, there is growing evidence that coronavirus survivors may show signs of lung and heart damage months after their initial diagnosis. Plus, even asymptomatic patients can show signs of lung and heart damage months later.
“We have found to our dismay that a number of people who have fully recovered and are apparently asymptomatic, when they have sensitive imaging technologies, such as magnetic resonance, imaging or MRI , have been found to have an alarming number of people with heart pain, ”said Dr Anthony Fauci in September.
“When you have inflammation you can have scarring,” Fauci added. “It could lead to arrhythmias later or lead to cardiomyopathies.”