FHI recommends less unpleasant corona testing method for people without symptoms

Corona testingPhoto: Ketil Gjelstein Bjærke / NTB
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The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) now recommends that corona test samples of people who do not have symptoms are taken from nostrils instead of going deeper up people’s noses.

It is less uncomfortable and provides similarly reliable results, the FHI stated on Tuesday.

Testing from the nostril means that a stick is inserted approximately 1 centimeter into the nostril instead of inserting it deeper up. 

“The viral load of coronavirus is greatest in the back of the nose, but sampling from the front of the nose is sufficient to catch most of the infected people,” chief physician Trude Arnesen at the FHI noted.

“For many, such as children, this makes a big difference.”

Experiences from mass tests performed this spring and summer show that sampling from the nostril gives sufficiently good results also for younger children.

This test method could be used on, for example, people who do not have symptoms but are tested because they have been traveling or people who may have been exposed to infection. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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