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The throat swab is less invasive, requiring only a quick brush of the back of the tongue.
A woman standing in line for a coronavirus test asks one of the officials if the test—a nose and throat swab—hurts.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued emergency authorizations for more than 150 diagnostic Covid-19 tests, including those that rely on saliva and others that require a swab of deep in the nasal cavity, the front of the nose or the throat.
The physician’s orders documented in the facility’s medical record also do not mention the nasal swab test.
The claims also included codes for a nasal swab coronavirus test.
All someone has to do is add a sample — either from a nasal swab or saliva — to a tube with a reaction solution, heat the tube to 60° C for an hour in a pot of water, then add a paper test strip to the tube.
All it requires is a test card the size of a credit card, a few drops of a reaction solution and a sample from a nasal swab.
Participants will take the pills twice a day for 10 days, and nasal swabs will be used to determine whether the drug is reducing the amount of virus the person is producing, which may stop transmission to others.
The company is looking at its efficacy with samples of both nasopharyngeal fluid, which requires a long swab up the nose, and easier-to-obtain saliva.
TACKLING COVIDTATE RYAN-MOSLEYAUGUST 19, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
For the coronavirus, you may have to get a swab shoved up your nose to sense an active infection.

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