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JOJO Hammer
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Testing Process Question
I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. Maybe someone on here can answer this question.

If we can spread covid by coughing why do they need to stick a q-tip to the back of my sinus cavity to test for it?

Seriously, if it can be spread so easily why can’t they test my saliva to see if I’m infected?


DavidStHubbins
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re: Testing Process Question
Highest viral load found in nasopharynx


MDB
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Highest viral load found in nasopharynx


How many people are going to stick a swab up my nose at Walmart or suck on my nose in Tiger Stadium?


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LSUJML
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re: Testing Process Question
They aren’t sticking it very far up at my Grandpas nursing home
He has been tested 3 times & says he doesn’t know how they get anything with how they do it now


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guedeaux
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eriously, if it can be spread so easily why can’t they test my saliva to see if I’m infected?


Saliva tests are available and more are under development. There are also cheek swabs. But for now, the most reliable are NP swabs.


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Hopeful Doc
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If we can spread covid by coughing why do they need to stick a q-tip to the back of my sinus cavity to test for it?



Amount needed to make another sick =/= amount needed for a machine to detect it.


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