Man having coronavirus test giggles in relief as bloody swab removed from nose

A man getting tested for coronavirus has a swab inserted very firmly up his nose in a stomach-churning video that is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

In the clip, uploaded on TikTok by user @kyleleventhal, from Miami, US, a nurse pushes a swab up his nose while he tries to sit as still as possible in the front seat of his car.

The swab stick appears to go on forever as it pushed up his nostril and down into his throat.

Leaving it in there for several seconds, the nurse then twizzles it around and pulls it out with a quick motion, leaving blood on the tip.

The man and his pals all start laughing and in the on-screen caption, he says he was having "uncontrollable giggles" from the relief that the test was half over – with one more nostril to go.

The video has been "liked" more than 300,000 times since @kyleleventhal uploaded it, and he later reassured fans that the test had been negative.

But some people couldn't get over how uncomfortable the process had looked.

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"Holy s***, oh f*** me," he says laughing weakly.

"Sis turning your brain into a smoothie," said one horrified viewer.

A second said: "Staying home to avoid even the test."

"I rather live with corona instead of getting testing this way," commented someone else.

"I’m getting a test soon I’m freaking scared," confessed another viewer.

Sounding sympathetic, another viewer said: "My stepdad had to get tested and he said it felt like they were touching his brain."

Meanwhile, in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has criticised the public for getting coronavirus tests when they don't have symptoms.

Yesterday, Hancock said: "We have seen an increase in demand, including people who are not eligible for tests, and people who don’t have symptoms."

But in August he said: "If in doubt… get a test."

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