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Mark Cameron, from School of Medicine, says there’s no reason to be afraid of the test for coronavirus

The coronavirus test isn’t as scary as it looks

Mashable: Mark Cameron, an associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, described the swabbing test required to determine if a person has COVID-19, which requires a health professional to insert what is essentially a long Q-tip (but thinner) through the nasal passage to reach to the back of the throat: “It is perfectly normal, maybe uncomfortable, but perfectly normal,” Cameron said. “It’s an uncomfortable test, but it’s the gold standard of testing.”