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Should you swab your throat when COVID testing at-home? We asked experts to weigh in.

Well + Good, Jan. 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Should you swab your throat when COVID testing at-home? We asked experts to weigh in.

Additionally, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises against swabbing the throat during self-testing—particularly for safety concerns. “Self-collection via throat swab is more complicated and when done incorrectly, can cause harm,” says Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health.