China: Come here, we have to swab your anal cavity for COVID-19

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No that headline is not a joke. Amid reports of a new outbreak in China, a bizarre caveat has emerged right behind it. According to media reports out of Beijing, Chinese officials are now or have been for some time anally swabbing people for the Coronavirus.

A still from a Weibo video showing an image of the reported test in Beijing.

As much as we wish we didn’t know this, the swab is reportedly entered 1.2 to 2inches deep and turned in a circular motion to collect a sample. Chinese authorities maintain that it only takes about 10 seconds.

Some experts argue that the unsightly method may be more accurate than throat or nose tests, although, that remains to be confirmed by additional experts.


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