China is now using anal swabs to test people for the coronavirus, a method that experts say is more accurate to detect the COVID-19 virus. China has begun using anal swabs to test those it considers at high risk of contracting COVID-19, state TV reported. However, social media users and travellers squirm over the invasive procedure which doctors say can be more effective in detecting the virus.
In China’s capital Beijing, doctors started using the anal swabs as part of a mass testing drive, after a nine-year-old boy tested positive for the virus last week. According to Chinese state media, more than three million residents have been tested since January 17.
China has used anal since last year, but the method is mainly used in quarantine centres due to its inconvenience, according to a Chinese disease control expert.
Anal swabs method “can increase the detection rate of infected people” as traces of the virus linger longer in the anus than in the respiratory tract,…