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COVID Aerosolized By Swab Test--and it is depleting PPE

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COVID Aerosolized By Swab Test--and it is depleting PPE
Testing for COVID causes the virus to be aerosolized. I am assuming that this occurs during the swabbing. As a result health workers must wear protective gear for each specimen, and supplies are depleting.

From WHO document:

Specimens to be collected
At minimum, respiratory material should be collected:
- upper respiratory specimens: nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab or wash in ambulatory patients
- and/or lower respiratory specimens: sputum (if produced) and/or endotracheal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage in patients with more severe respiratory disease. (Note high risk of aerosolization; adhere strictly to infection prevention and control procedures).
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Last Edited by Master Gardener USA on 03/05/2020 10:04 PM