Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Examining the dynamics of COVID-19's pandemic peak

The SARS-CoV-2 virus swept across the globe at the beginning of 2020, and one of the earliest and hardest-hit areas of the United States was New Jersey.


Quit removing wax from your ears

It can be a common habit—after a shower or getting out of the pool, grabbing a cotton-tipped swab to clean out one's ears to help get rid of excess water, or to remove what one thinks is earwax build-up.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

When RAT-testing for COVID, should you also swab your throat?

We're now pretty used to swabbing our nose to test for COVID when we have a scratchy throat or new cough. But should we also be using our rapid antigen test (RAT) to swab our throat, as some social media sources suggest?

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Nostril swab best way to test for COVID-19, study finds

In a new study, Cornell researchers found that nasopharyngeal swabs—taken from far back inside the nostril—were more effective at detecting COVID-19 than saliva tests or swabs just inside the nostril or under the tongue.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Saliva testing for COVID-19 quicker, safer than nasal swabs

Genetic testing of saliva samples identifies the SARS-CoV-2 virus more quickly than testing of nasal swabs. The research is published March 21 in Microbiology Spectrum, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.  

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