Exclusive: First hand look at coronavirus testing and what you can expect
WESTOVER, Md. – Getting tested for coronavirus – we’ve heard all the myths, the fears, and the rumors, so 47 ABC’s Deana Harley decided to get tested herself to show you exactly what you can expect.
Deana got tested on Tuesday, but actually registered for the free drive-through testing event days before. When Tuesday came, she found her place in line at the Somerset County health department, staying in the car the entire time. After waiting for about ten minutes, she pulled up alongside a nurse completely covered in personal protective equipment. The nurse verified Deana’s personal information, and then told her exactly what she was going to do.
“This swab goes inside of your nose, both sides, I’m going to put it in and swirl it four times, then hold it for ten seconds,” the nurse explained.
Deana says this is the part she was nervous for, after seeing posts all over Facebook and the internet saying painful the test was, how long the q-tip was, and how invasive the test was. What actually happened, Deana says, was 100% painless and very quick. And no, she says the q-tip did not go all the way up her nose.
“It’s just a short, little bit longer than a q-tip as you saw, kind of a long q-tip, and they just insert it in your nose,” Sharon Lynch, the Public Information Officer for the health department, said.
Before Deana drove away, the nurse told her everything she expect in the following days.
“The phone number that you gave them, they will call you within a week, positive or negative either way you’ll get a call,” the nurse explained.
After the test, Deana spoke with Lynch some more, who says the health department is hosting these free testing events every single Tuesday because they really feel that one of the best ways to get ahead of this virus is to test as many people as possible.
“It really is a serious medical issue, and we want to screen everybody so if we can catch it early, your outcome will be a lot more positive,” she said.
Lynch adds that, if you’re like Deana and you’ve heard horror stories about people getting tested, there are places you can go for credible information.
“You can go to reputable online resources, you can go to the CDC, that’s always your first go to,” Lynch said.
Lynch also tells us that people aged around 18-26 should consider getting tested, as that age group has seen surges throughout the state. She adds that anyone can get tested multiple times, so if you test negative one day, feel free to go back to a free testing event anytime.