Chinese health officials have announced a new coronavirus test procedure that yields more accurate results than nasal and throat swabs.
Research has shown that anal swabs return positive COVID-19 diagnoses even when nasal and throat samples test negative.
Despite the backlash, China wants to use the procedure. It’s part of a massive effort to prevent new outbreaks following the Lunar New Year holiday travel and celebrations next month.
The key to beating COVID-19 is accurate, fast testing. The sooner the positive diagnosis is confirmed, the faster the necessary steps can be taken to limit the spread of the illness and prevent complications. Some people will only need to self-isolate and wait for whatever symptoms to subside. Others will need hospitalization and treatment, and some therapies are only effective if given early in the illness.
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