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Has anyone tested positive from Nasal swab alone?

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selflove Fri 13-Nov-20 19:54:21

Just musing. I know lots of small kids who have had fairly typical COVID symptoms, were a close contact of a positive case, and had just a nasal swab as they wouldn't cooperate with the throat swab, and all came back negative.

In one case, mum, dad, and older siblings all had throat swab and was positive, 4yr old had nasal swab and was negative.

Could it just be that a nasal swab is less accurate at picking up the virus? The stats all show that young kids test positive at a much lower rate than older kids, and I wondered if the testing method had anything to do with this.

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GreenOwlBlue Wed 18-Nov-20 19:22:56

I'm curious about this too.

Reastie Wed 18-Nov-20 19:32:51

I’ve wondered this

MoirasRoses Wed 18-Nov-20 22:20:37

I suspect it’s more that parents aren’t testing young children properly for a number of reasons.

I had to test my 3 year old & it was awful. She screamed & thrashed her head. I’ve got no idea if I got the swab far enough because she was violently bashing the thing out her nose. I made her nose bleed badly 😣 I’m about 90% sure I didn’t do a good job. If I had to do another, I’d be really scared of hurting her & probably do another terrible job. Plus, I really loathe to traumatise her again.

I also have a friend where she & hubby tested positive, 3 year old negative. Except he had a fever, sickness, upset stomach, cold like symptoms & extreme tiredness. He clearly had it. But our nursery took his negative test as that 🤷🏼‍♀️ My daughter & him are the best of pals and play all day. She seemingly did not catch it..

MoirasRoses Wed 18-Nov-20 22:21:18

Ps. I really believe all under 5’s should be tested by medical professionals with smaller swabs.

Margaritawithlime Thu 19-Nov-20 05:28:02

My son. 4yo. Just the nasal swab and positive result,
The rest of us tested negative but our symptoms are way worse and he’s now totally fine. Such is the way with this virus!

Tobydogrocks Thu 19-Nov-20 14:37:50

I couldn’t face the throat swab so just did the nasal swab and tested positive

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