Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

China deploys anal swabs to test for COVID-19

China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting COVID-19, state TV reported, with social media users and travellers squirming over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Antigen tests—are self-collected nasal swabs a reliable option?

Under certain conditions, antigen testing using self-collected swabs from the anterior nose may constitute a reliable alternative to antigen testing using nasopharyngeal swabs collected by health professionals. This is the ...

Biomedical technology

Researchers create 3-D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 testing

In response to the critical shortage of nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Radiology at University of South Florida (USF) Health in Tampa set out to design, validate and create NP ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Goodbye, brain scrapers: COVID-19 tests now use gentler nose swabs

Early COVID-19 images of swabbing from Wuhan, China, looked more like an Ebola news story—health-care workers fully encased in personal protective equipment (PPE), inserting swabs so deeply that brain injury seemed imminent.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Midnasal swab done by patient at home detects SARS-CoV-2

(HealthDay)—For detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in symptomatic patients, unsupervised home midnasal swab collection is comparable to clinician-collected nasopharyngeal swab collection, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Sputum testing provides higher rate of COVID-19 detection

Early and accurate detection is critical for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and providing appropriate care for patients. Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs, which require inserting a long shaft into the nasal cavity to collect ...

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