China begins using Anal Swabs to test for COVID-19. Is the U.S. next and are you ready to take one?
Just when you think the insanity about COVID-19 testing couldn’t get any worse, China is now rolling out anal swab coronavirus test, saying it is more accurate than the throat method. Are you ready to take down your pants and be tested for COVID-19? According to multiple reports, The city of Beijing is using COVID anal swabs on residents amid a fresh outbreak. Many people on social media are calling this new testing method: Anal Assault.”
The nucleic acid swab needs to be inserted about one inch inside one’s rectum. Then it is to be rotated several times before completing the 10-second procedure. Expert says the derriere method is ‘more accurate’ than throat and nose tests.
According to China’s National Health Commission, the anal swab needs to be inserted about three to five centimeters (1.2 to 2 inches) into one’s rectum and rotated several times before being removed and securely placed inside a sample container.
A video widely circulated online shows a doctor holding a visual demonstration of the procedure. Users of China’s popular Twitter-like Weibo social media platform reacted to the method with a mix of mirth and horror.
‘So lucky I returned to China earlier,’ one user wrote. ‘Low harm, but extreme humiliation,’ another said, using a laughing emoticon. Others who had undergone the procedure chimed in with dark humor.
‘I’ve done two anal swabs, every time I did one I had to do a throat swab afterward – I was so scared the nurse would forget to use a new swab,’ one Weibo user joked.