A Nose And Throat Swab May Yield More Accurate COVID-19 Self-Tests

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How To Take A Throat + Mouth Sample


The same swab will be used for your throat, mouth and nose, but it is very important that you begin with the throat and mouth. Do not begin with the nose, as this can spread bacteria.

Stand in front of the mirror and open your mouth wide. Using the soft tip of the swab, swipe it across the back of your throat. If you stick your tongue out, you’ll see a clear arch at the back of your throat. Swipe the sides of the arches, where the tonsils protrude. Try to avoid touching your teeth or tongue with the swab.

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding additionally recommends doing a swab across the cheeks and holding it there for an extended period of time (10 seconds).

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