FDA warns against using throat swabs with at-home antigen tests


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against swabbing one’s throat – instead of or in addition to the nose – when taking an at-home rapid antigen test.

This recommendation follows anecdotal reports and preprint studies that suggested throat swabs may be more accurate than nose swabs in detecting Omicron.

However, in statements on Twitter and to the media, the FDA said that there’s currently no comprehensive data indicating that throat swabs are ‘accurate or appropriate.’

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