I said that getting the COVID test was on par with a piece of pepper up the nose. I’m guessing that means they didn’t go far enough.boskone wrote: ↑Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:36 amVery, if done right, but doing it right is hard.
The swabs have to be jammed way on up the nose or down the throat, which most people find--to use the term doctors and such seem to prefer--"uncomfortable". Self-administered swabs are therefore considerably less reliable because people don't stick 'em in far enough, and I'd hazard that swabs administered by trained by non-medical personnel (who may be averse to causing discomfort in patients, even if ultimately for their benefit) are probably similarly less reliable.
From what I understand, false positives are actually more common than negatives. I suppose that would be an artifact of the sinuses doing what they're supposed to, and capturing the virus before it's fully inhaled. So a person would have some viral material in their nose without being actually infected.
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