Do Nasal or Throat Swabs Work Better to Identify the Omicron Variant?

December 30, 2021

As infection rates rise in the United States, we’ve all seen those long lines for rapid COVID-19 tests. Now, questions are being raised about how reliable they are when it comes to the Omicron variant of the virus. Los Angeles emergency room physician Dr. Michael Daignault says nasal swabs are less likely to detect Omicron than swabs of the throat. That’s because more of the virus can be found in the throat.

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