With the Biden administration considering a Covid-19 testing requirement not just for international arrivals but now even for domestic flights, new types of tests with the greatest accuracy take on a new urgency. In China scientists believe their new anal swab test may be most accurate.
[In China] they face a new indignity: the addition of anal swabs — yes, you read that right — to the testing regimen for those in quarantine.
Chinese state media outlets introduced the new protocol in recent days, prompting widespread discussion and some outrage. Some Chinese doctors say the science is there. Recovering patients, they say, have continued to test positive through samples from the lower digestive tract days after nasal and throat swabs came back negative.
If stool samples are unavailable they “do an anal swab by inserting a cotton-tipped stick three to five centimeters (one to two inches) into the rectum.”
Live porn site, StripChat, is offering to have its models demonstrate the probe to get viewers comfortable with this – all in the name of public health, of course. They’ve been sending out PR pitches broadly. Of course you’d have to subscribe to their channel to see it.
Stripchat, a leading adult entertainment webcam platform has issued a statement offering to have its roster of webcam models test out the new anal swab method and help educate/lessen people’s concerns. The models can help normalize this new method and encourage people to get tested.
…It’s essential to inform as many people as possible about this alternative swab method. We want to ensure people are getting tested for coronavirus and receive their results ASAP, by any means necessary.”
I suspect that Cardi B would no longer spend $1000 a week on Covid-19 tests if the dominant form became anal swabs.
I get Covid tested bout 4 times a week. My glam and management gotta get tested as well. Everytime we get tested is about 250$ each.This is seriously a new business 🤦🏽♀️
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 26, 2021
Cheap widespread testing that’s easy to administer and delivers fast results is key to catching the most Covid-19 cases. It’s more effective than testing that’s the most accurate. If 10 million people take tests that are 80% accurate you’ll find far more cases than 2 million people taking 99% accurate tests.
China is trying to find every single case and can force citizens to submit to challenging test methods. They’re in a position to stamp out the virus, and liberties aren’t an issue. In Wuhan they sealed people into their homes, in some cases those people died, their homes became tombs. Whether anal swabs are more accurate than other testing methods available, I don’t see them as a solution for travel in the United States.
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