NYC clinics set to start 'self-swab' coronavirus tests

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 11:24 AM, Apr 27, 2020

New York City-run health clinics will soon take a new tack on coronavirus testing.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that in the coming days, the clinics will begin using a procedure that lets people collect samples themselves at a health care worker’s direction.

He says the “self-swab” tests would allow for more and easier testing and make it safer for test-seekers and health care workers alike.

The process will work like this: A health care will explain how to administer the test, and then the person would go into another area, take a nasal swab and spit into a cup for a second sample for cross-checking.

The samples will then be given to a health care worker and tested.

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