Because of the respiratory nature of this virus, infected cells accumulate in the nasal passages and nostrils, creating a good reservoir of cell material to screen for active viral infection.
We've worked with our lab partners to provide an accurate, pain-free COVID-19 test that screens cells collected from the inside of your nose. A nasal swab is rotated in a circular motion in each nostril for about 20 seconds. This collects enough cells to get a good sample. The entire pain-free process takes less than 5 minutes and supplies enough cellular material to generate an accurate result.