Guess essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Breitbart; Chinese scientists believe you are more likely to receive an accurate Covid-19 test result if they shove that fuzzy swab thing up your butt, rather than up your nose.

Beijing tests for COVID-19 using anal swabs, where virus may survive longer: experts

By Fan Anqi and Deng Xiaoci 
Published: Jan 23, 2021 03:16 PM

Beijing reported a 9-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and his school conducted a variety of tests including serum antibody tests, nasal, throat, and even anal swabs for all its staff and students, prompting many to wonder if anal swabs could be more accurate in detecting the virus than other measures.

Li Tongzeng, a deputy director in charge of infectious disease at Beijing You’an Hospital, said that studies have shown that the coronavirus survives longer in the anus or excrement than those taken from upper body tracts, and for some silent carriers the virus may be present in their throats for 3 to 5 days, allowing some tests to provide false negative results. 

Taking an anal swab could increase accuracy in key groups, Li noted during an interview with the China Central Television. However, given that the method is not as convenient as throat swabs, it will only be applied to key groups at quarantine centers.

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Effluent testing is regularly used in Australia to try to identify community transmission hotspots, so it seems plausible that the Chinese researchers are right about anal swabs being more likely to detect Covid-19 infection.

I guess the question is, how badly do you want to know whether you actually have Covid?

via Watts Up With That?

January 29, 2021 at 08:43PM