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People on social media have found that doing so could increase the accuracy of COVID-19 testing at home.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise, with the Omicron variant having most of the country under its control. While states record a wild number of COVID-19 cases, a trend on social media shows that when it comes to the Omicron variant, a throat swab could provide more accurate evidence than a traditional nasal swab.
Although health experts do not approve of this unofficial way of testing for COVID-19, infectious disease experts do not find these results surprising, especially if the person being tested has a sore throat.
When talking to Insider, disease experts suggest washing your throat first and then your nose when COVID-19 is tested at home. “If you were my friend, I’d say, ‘Yes, I’d suggest you wash your throat first and then your nose,'” said epidemiologist Irene Peterson. .
Nasal swabs have been the traditional way to test when it comes to respiratory viruses, but the Omicron variant could be different, changing the way the virus replicates in the body. December studyfrom South Africa showed that saliva tests were able to detect 100% of Omicron cases; nasal swabs were able to detect 86% of them.
Omicron cases are slightly different from previous COVID-19 infections, with one of the most prominent and early symptoms being a sore throat. This suggests that people’s throats may be where there is a higher viral load. There is also the fact that many people are vaccinated now, it takes longer to develop nasal symptoms and results in false false nasal swabs.
If you want to be as sure as you can of your COVID-19 condition, a throat swab will not hurt you. Said allergist Purvi Parikh Huffington Post that she suggests avoid eating, drinking or brushing your teeth for 30 to 60 minutes before getting a sore throat.
It is important to remember that home test kits are designed for the nasal canal and to be careful when passing the throat. Open your mouth wide and slide it gently down the back of your throat, from amygdala to amygdala for a few seconds. Try to avoid touching your mouth, teeth and tongue. You can then proceed with your traditional nasal swab.
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