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What happens during a test for coronavirus?

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A health care worker will take a sample of your respiratory tract. It won't hurt, but it might be a little uncomfortable. They'll put a small cotton swab up your nose. They may also swipe your throat. If you're coughing up mucus, they might test that, too.

They'll send your sample to a lab to check it for SARS-CoV-2. That's the virus that causes COVID-19.

From: Coronavirus Testing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Testing," "Testing in U.S.," "Evaluating and Testing PUI," "Older Adults," "Guidelines for Clinical Specimens."

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: "Testing and Treatment for COVID-19."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)," "Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Do I Do If I Feel Sick?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: "COVID-19 Testing."

National Institutes of Health: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)."

California Department of Public Health: "COVID-19."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 19, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Testing," "Testing in U.S.," "Evaluating and Testing PUI," "Older Adults," "Guidelines for Clinical Specimens."

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: "Testing and Treatment for COVID-19."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)," "Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Do I Do If I Feel Sick?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: "COVID-19 Testing."

National Institutes of Health: "Coronavirus (COVID-19)."

California Department of Public Health: "COVID-19."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 19, 2020

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