Covid tests: can nasopharyngeal swabs be dangerous?


THE CHEKING PROCESS – A few accidents have been reported following poorly controlled samples, warns the Academy of Medicine. Are the risks of complications serious, or are they on the contrary negligible?

THE QUESTION. On April 8, the National Academy of Medicine warned, in a press release, about “Nasopharyngeal swabs which are not without risk”. “Faced with the multiplication and repetition of samples, sometimes carried out under unsuitable conditions”, “Serious complications are beginning to be described in the medical literature”, say the wise men.

Could the famous “swab”, this kind of long cotton swab used to take a nasopharyngeal swab for a diagnostic test for Covid-19, could it cause meningitis or other sequelae? Are special precautions necessary when more than 70 million tests have been carried out with this type of sample in France since March 2020?

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