Rapid LFT antigen tests: swab your throat as well as your nose

Antigen, Infection, Symptoms, Testing

If you are using a lateral flow test (LFT, Antigen) then swab your throat as well as your nose.  You don’t need to use two tests, the video is just demonstrating that you get different results from swabbing the different areas. Use a single test and swab your throat first, then your nose. #SwabYourThroat


From the UKHSA:



UPDATE – 8th January 2022

Swabbing throat and nose ‘boosts Covid detection in lateral flow tests’

Using lateral flow tests to swab the throat and nose is more accurate than simply relying on nasal samples, senior UK health officials believe, as ministers consider updating advice for tens of millions of test users.

Telegraph.co.uk report


** This post was originally published on January 3, 2022 **