VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — If you need to get tested for COVID-19, you no longer have to have a swab put deep into your nose.
The BCCDC says saline gargle testing is now available for adults at community COVID-19 collection sites across the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
But if you are getting tested this way, you shouldn’t eat drink, chew gum, brush your teeth, or smoke or vape for at least an hour before.
Saline gargle tests for COVID-19 are now available to adults.
No eating, drinking, smoking or teeth brushing 1 hour prior to.
Where are they provided?
Urban areas: Test collection centres
Rural areas: Wherever tests are being collected
— Vancouver Coastal Health (@VCHhealthcare) November 18, 2020
The less invasive option has been available for kids since September.
– With files from Ria Renouf