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How is a sample collected to test for COVID-19?

The are several tests and collection methods approved by the FDA. Most tests use a nasopharyngeal,  nasal, nasal swab  throat swab or saliva test to collect the sample. In some situations, samples can be self-collected to reduce exposure to the health care workers supervising the collection. In other situations, a health care worker may take the sample for you in your vehicle or in an office. With any method, workers wear personal protective equipment PPE to protect themselves from exposure.