Here’s something you probably don’t want to think about: The best way to get a good coronavirus sample is to push a long, thin stick with a rough tip through your nose, into your nasal cavity, and twirl it around a few times.
“What they tell us in medical school is if the patient isn’t complaining, then you’re not doing it right,” says Ramy Arnaout, associate director of clinical microbiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
For the last few weeks he’s been studying swabs. Specifically, he’s been trying to figure out how to get more of them into the field quickly.
The need is critical. Getting the coronavirus under control will require widespread testing, as soon as possible.