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Simple Skin Swab Test May Be Better Than PCR Tests to Detect COVID

Summary by Cindy Olmstead

Noninvasive skin swab samples may be enough to detect the novel coronavirus quickly by looking at what the virus does to us, rather than looking for the virus itself, according to a study published in the Lancet E Clinical Medicine journal. The most widely used approach to testing for Covid-19 requires an uncomfortable polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which involves taking a swab of the back of the throat or far inside the nose.  Researchers collected skin samples from hospitalized...

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