Coronavirus symptoms: Nose congestion and runny nose are the two warning symptoms |

Coronavirus jump in deaths yesterday has be one of the biggest daily increase since the outbreak began. This comes as news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been hospitalised after his COVID-19 symptoms did not improve. The Department of Health updated the toll after England recorded another 555 deaths with a further 12 people confirmed dead in Wales, while Northern Ireland recorded seven more deaths yesterday.

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Coronavirus breakdown of deaths by region include East of England with 40, London 174, Midlands 74, North East and Yorkshire 103, North West 47, South East 81 and South West 36.

Spotting the potential early warning signs and symptoms is incredibly important during this stage as a person will be able to monitor themselves and ensure they are self-isolating to not spread the infection further.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said: “The most common symptoms are fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and even death.

“The period within the symptoms would appear is two to 14 days.” There are also two warning symptoms found in a person’s nose.

Coronavirus symptoms: Nose

Coronavirus symptoms: The two symptoms in a person’s nose (Image: Getty Images)

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect a person’s lungs and airways. When the virus has developed in the body, more severe symptoms such as a significant shortness of breath, low oxygen levels, abnormal blood tests, kidney failure, liver failure, pneumonia and hospitalisation could be a reality.

If a person feels congestion or experiences a runny nose these could be early symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection.

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Congestion in the nose is caused by viruses and bacteria when a person is ill or infected.

These intruders cause inflammation in the nasal passageways, which creates a swelling that greatly reduces or even blocks the airflow through the nostrils.

Along with inflammation, congestion in the nose is also the result of enlargement of the large blood vessels in the nose that shrink the volume of the nasal cavity and reduces airflow.

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Coronavirus symptoms: A stuffy nose or nose congestion could mean a COVID-19 infection (Image: Getty Images)

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Katrina Herren, chief clinical officer at Doctorlink, said: “A runny nose occurs in around 5 percent of people with COVID-19.

“There is no true way to tell the difference without a laboratory test to look for the viruses that cause COVID-19 and the common cold.  

“However, if you don’t have a fever or a continuous cough it’s more likely to be a common cold than COVID-19.”

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A stuffy nose is a term often used to refer to obstruction to the flow of air in and out of the nose, whilst a runny nose refers to a discharge or fluid coming out from the nasal passages.

The fluid coming out of the nose is often a watery, clear liquid but may also be thicker. Both nose congestion and runny nose are associated with inflammation and swelling of the inner lining of the nasal passageways and sinuses.

If you have either of these symptoms in your nose with a new and persistent cough or fever, it’s integral to monitor these symptoms and to self-isolate.