Taking a Covid-19 lateral flow test? Swab both nostrils, say experts

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When you take a lateral flow test for Covid-19, you need to make sure that you get as much nasal secretion onto the swab as possible, for the test to work correctly. If you are testing yourself at home, make sure you insert the swab into both nostrils, rather than just one. Don’t carry out the test by only sticking the swab in one of your nostrils, as you might not get sufficient secretion on the swab, says ENT doctor Bernhard Junge-Hülsing. Use the swab in both nostrils, he says. Also, bear in mind that beforehand, some tests tell you to blow your nose hard first, before using the swab. The i…

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