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Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 09:19 PM Jan 2022

Home Test:. Swab nose - negative, Swab throat - positive



Swabbing throat for omicron

Spencer, a Manhattan ER doctor

"Every patient I’ve seen with Covid that’s had a 3rd ‘booster’ dose has had mild symptoms. By mild I mean mostly sore throat. Lots of sore throat. Also some fatigue, maybe some muscle pain. No difficulty breathing. No shortness of breath. All a little uncomfortable, but fine," Spencer wrote. From there, it goes downhill, depending on your vaccination status or lack thereof.

But Spencer's comment about sore throats gets to a recent debate about COVID testing and whether the omicron variant is more common in some parts of the body than previous strains of the virus.

The #SwabYourThroat trend on Twitter grew out of a series of anecdotal reports from symptomatic people who tested negative on rapid antigen tests with nasal swabs, repeated the test with a throat swab and came back positive immediately.

The trend picked up steam with a Dec. 27 tweet from a biologist at University College London, who said she'd tested negative repeatedly until swabbing her throat.

For now neither the FDA nor other public health authorities have changed any instructions or recommendations on how to use at-home COVID tests, which primarily rely on nasal swabs instead -- even though in the UK, authorities have been offering instructions on how to take at-home throat swabs since early 2020.
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Home Test:. Swab nose - negative, Swab throat - positive (Original Post) Laura PourMeADrink Jan 2022 OP
A vaccinated family member had it. Said it was the worst sore throat he ever had Walleye Jan 2022 #1
Yes!. This info is shocking to me since we've done SO Laura PourMeADrink Jan 2022 #2
Expert tip -- use a separate swab for the throat. :-D Pobeka Jan 2022 #3
Ok. Doing both will affect result? Laura PourMeADrink Jan 2022 #4
I think its a joke jcgoldie Jan 2022 #5
It was a joke! Pobeka Jan 2022 #7
Duh. I obviously need to lighten up :-) then I read this Laura PourMeADrink Jan 2022 #10
Same swab - throat first. n/t Ms. Toad Jan 2022 #16
I have bone spurs on I_UndergroundPanther Jan 2022 #6
I wish you good luck avoiding Omicron. nt Pobeka Jan 2022 #8
Keeping my fingers crossed that you stay healthy Wicked Blue Jan 2022 #9
I don't know anything about whether or not a throat would swell Laura PourMeADrink Jan 2022 #11
I want to get them removed someday. I_UndergroundPanther Jan 2022 #12
Great. Meanwhile stay away from bees:) Laura PourMeADrink Jan 2022 #13
Not allergic to bees, I like bees. I_UndergroundPanther Jan 2022 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author I_UndergroundPanther Jan 2022 #15

Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
2. Yes!. This info is shocking to me since we've done SO
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 09:29 PM
Jan 2022

Many nasal tests over holidays. People sick but since tested negative continually thought ok . Grrrrr


Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
10. Duh. I obviously need to lighten up :-) then I read this
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 12:29 AM
Jan 2022

People have been reporting this for a week and the first I've heard about it was today.



(12,611 posts)
6. I have bone spurs on
Tue Jan 4, 2022, 10:19 PM
Jan 2022

My cervical spine that push against my throat.
If my throat swells I will have to go to the ER.

Last time my throat swelled with strep, I discovered something bad was happening when I drank some water and it just swirled around my throat,I had to spit it out.

By time my ex got me to the ER my throat was swelling shut. My breathing was hard and it made a high pitched whistle. They triaged me

Like after I was there 2 minutes in the waiting room. They hooked up an IV and put inflammatory
Drugs in it,and antibacerial stuff. They painted my throat with something. The throat swelling went down and I was ok. Was sent home with kickass antibiotics.

I am scared shitless of omicron for this reason.

Second is if the hospital is full of asshole magats with covid,would I even get help before I suffocated?

Would I just die of suffocation waiting on exhausted healthcare people who are too busy taking care of the unvaxxed motherfuckers?

I don't want to find out.


Laura PourMeADrink

(42,770 posts)
11. I don't know anything about whether or not a throat would swell
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 12:33 AM
Jan 2022

With omicron. Is that typical with strep?
All that I've read so far is soreness.

Is having the bone spurs removed an option? I don't mean now I'm just curious about long-term


(12,611 posts)
14. Not allergic to bees, I like bees.
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 12:50 AM
Jan 2022

Actually I am more scared of murder hornets. I definately want to stay the fuck away from them.

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