China adjusts stance on anal swabs for COVID-19; may accept stool samples from travelers

China adjusts stance on anal swabs for COVID-19; may accept stool samples from travelers
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[Ed. – This can’t help having a very “off” feel to it.  I certainly don’t need to go to China that badly.  Hard to imagine anyone really does.]

Lu Hongzhou, identified as an expert from China’s Fudan University Public Health Clinical Center, told the newspaper that he firmly supports anal swab coronavirus testing for international travelers to China because nasal or throat swab testing may produce false-negative results.

“Anal swab testing will tell whether the person is a virus carrier immediately, and it will effectively prevent transmission,” Lu said.

He further suggested that “for the testing, people staying under hotel quarantine can submit stool samples instead, so as to reduce the discomfort during the sampling process.” …

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Anal swab tests in China currently involve a cotton swab measuring three to five centimeters long “inserted in one’s rectum and gently rotated for 10 seconds of sample excavation” according to the Beijing health commission’s website.

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