A nasal swab too far?

A poke around revealed a pre-existing condition

The brain-tickling COVID-19 test has finally struck CSF — as well as fear in the hearts (and noses) of people everywhere — according to a recent report in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.


But is it really a case of poking too deeply?

The woman, in her 40s, had undergone the nasal swab test as a precaution before an elective hernia repair.

She then presented to a hospital in Iowa, US, complaining of a runny nose, metallic taste, headache, neck stiffness and photophobia.