2021-01-26 10:29


Why China is Testing for COVID Using Anal Swabs - FULL INFO

Source: Global Times

Beijing reported a 9-year-old boy tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and his school conducted a variety of tests including serum antibody tests, nasal, throat, and even anal swabs for all its staff and students, prompting many to wonder if anal swabs could be more accurate in detecting the virus than other measures.

Li Tongzeng, a deputy director in charge of infectious disease at Beijing You'an Hospital, said that studies have shown that the coronavirus survives longer in the anus or excrement than those taken from upper body tracts, and for some silent carriers the virus may be present in their throats for 3 to 5 days, allowing some tests to provide false negative results.

Taking an anal swab could increase accuracy in key groups, Li noted during an interview with the China Central Television. However, given that the method is not as convenient as throat swabs, it will only be applied to key groups at quarantine centers.

Meanwhile, the testing method has been controversial among experts. Yang Zhanqiu, a deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, told the Global Times that since the virus has proven to be contracted via the upper respiratory tract rather than the digestive system, the most efficient tests are still nasal and throat swabs.

"There have been cases concerning the coronavirus testing positive in a patient's excrement, but no evidence has suggested it had been transmitted through one's digestive system," Yang added. 

Beijing will also conduct serum antibody tests for all inbound overseas travelers who have entered the Chinese capital city since December 10 in an effort to find the chain of transmission in the latest cluster infections in the capital's Daxing district, the Beijing government said on Friday.

Chinese health experts said antibody tests for inbound travelers revealed that the outbreak in Daxing district began a month before the first case was reported on Sunday, and nucleic acid testing won't be able to find the first patient. 

Gabriel & Co. fine jewelry

  • Beer Tests POSITIVE for COVISource:OT-Team(AFJ), Reference Pictures On January 25, 2021, news about the cherries, beer, frozen red shrimp, milk jujube and ice cream in many places across China which tested positive for COVID-19 was released by the Chinese mainstream
  • China Now Has the World&Source: China Daily Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in the Guangdong provincial capital surpassed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States to become the world's busiest airport of 2020. Last year, even w
  • 20210126 China NewsClick the blue words above to follow our Wechat. Voice Broadcast Jan.26 2021 China News 3 minutesKnow China 1 Duty-free sales networks around Hainan island will be expanded to better meet domestic needs for imported goods in the 14th Five-
  • Must-read! Zhejiang releasesSource: ezhejiang.gov.cn Good evening! On Jan 21, 2021, Zhejiang province launched new regulations in light of COVID-19 during the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday, with management of rural areas being a strong focus. People traveling fro
  • 404 Izakaya C Controlled ChaBySophie Steiner The Place As you step inside the unassuming front door of 404 , the newest venture from the Oha Group (Oha Eatery, Bar No. 3, Pass Residence, Dead Poet) , the smell of grilled chicken skin, crispy charred meat and a hint o

Subscribe by Email

Follow Updates Articles from This Blog via Email

No Comments