The AN expert has warned Britons not to forget a step, when performing lateral flow tests with cold symptoms.
Prof Jennifer Rohn said her results changed when she picked her throat as well as her nose.
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Some tests only ask people to pick their nose, but experts have said it’s best to include the throat if you suspect you may have Omicron.
Professor Rohn tweeted a photo of the positive test result, adding: “Well, here it is. Today, with ‘false’ symptoms (i.e. cold) and after a string of negative LFTs, I ended up taking advice on Twitter and picking my throat just like my nose (no feat with that stubborn stick).
“If you think you may have Covid, consider adding a throat sample.”
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
A professor of epidemiology at Harvard University has explained why throat swabbing improves the chances of contracting the virus.
Dr. Michael Mina says Wales online: “Symptoms are starting very early with Omicron.
“This means there’s a chance the virus wasn’t growing in your nose when you first tested it [as the] The virus may begin to continue down.
“Nose and throat swabs can improve the chance of a swab becoming infected with the virus.”
Taking regular lateral flow Getting tested is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from Covid because it helps prevent the spread of the virus.
About 90% of infections are Omicron cases – with many people experiencing cold-like symptoms.
Power supplies of lateral flow tests have been end of this week as people scramble to get them before the New Year.
“Basically, if *any* lines appear before the end of the explain window (check the leaflet, usually 30 minutes), then this is a *positive* test and you have to get rid of it,” he said. isolate and place PCR.
“However, if a line appears *after* the explain window this does NOT count as a positive test. You don’t need to isolate and you don’t need to set up a PCR.”
But if you have symptoms, regardless of the lateral flow test results, you should isolate and schedule a PCR test, he said.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/4359183/must-remember-lateral-flow-with-cold/ I’m a professor and here’s what you MUST do when taking the lateral flow test when you have a cold