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Covid-19 Test Can Be Quite Uncomfortable, According To One Local Doctor

Covid-19 Test Can Be Quite Uncomfortable, According To One Local Doctor

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Thought getting tested for Covid-19 was a cakewalk? Think again.

A frontline doctor reportedly serving at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital shared a heart-wrenching tale of a 4-month-old baby who had to undergo testing for the coronavirus, twice.

Through a posting made on Facebook, the doctor described how the infant went through the incredibly uncomfortable procedure of getting a nasopharyngeal swab to test for infection, and narrates how the baby’s mother was reluctant to have her child crying in pain over the procedure.

A nasopharyngeal swab is one of many standard procedures to collect samples in order to detect respiratory viruses and influenza.

It involves the process of sticking a long cotton swab DEEP into BOTH the nostrils in order to collect the necessary bodily secretions.

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How a “nose swab” is done on infants.
(Credit: Facebook/Ahmad Samhan)

According to Dr Ahmad, this procedure is proven to be headache-inducing, even for adults.

In the posting, he mentioned that the baby had to go through the test twice, merely several days after getting checked the first time, as a precaution to determine the status of the infection.

The doctor also advised Malaysians to stay home and stick by the Movement Control Order (MCO) to stop the spread of the virus and keep your loved ones safe.


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