Omicron Covid Variant: Throat Vs. Nose Swab – Which One Is The Best Choice?

Omicron Covid Variant: Throat Vs. Nose Swab – Which One Is The Best Choice?
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The new covid variant called Omicron has been making headlines all over the news for a while now, even though the symptomatology is a mild one.

Not too long ago, we revealed that Deseret.com reported that the latest news from the United Kingdom suggest that a common covid symptom has returned for the omicron variant — brain fog.

The Daily Express recently reported that covid patients have been talking about “brain fog” as one of their symptoms in the ZOE COVID Study app. It’s important to note that this records and analyzes symptoms as reported by patients.

“One of the more unusual — but surprisingly common — symptoms of Omicron is so-called brain fog,” The Daily Express reports.

Check out more details about this issue in our previous article. 

Swab nose/throat – which is best for identifying Omicron? 

The same online publication dropped a new article in which they are addressing the fact that the high contagiously new covid variant is leading people to take at-home covid tests to determine if they’re infected with the virus or not.

For some people, it’s unclear if they should use a swab of the throat or a nose swab when conducting at-home tests.
Per Today.com, experts say the following:

“a throat swab could provide a better result for those rapid COVID-19 tests. Most at-home tests require a nasal swab, though.”

But the Food and Drug Administration still encourages Americans to use a nasal swab if their rapid at-home covid test calls for it.

“The FDA has noted safety concerns regarding self-collection of throat swabs, as they are more complicated than nasal swabs — and if used incorrectly, can cause harm to the patient.”

This is what Jim McKinney, a spokesperson for the agency, told Today.com in a statement.

Here’s another opinion coming from UK:

 

Stay tuned for more news. 


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Rada Mateescu

Passionate about subjects from the science and health-related areas, Rada has been blogging for about ten years and at Health Thoroughfare, she's covering the latest news on these niches.

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