How do the new coronavirus tests work?


If you wake up one morning with a fever, shortness of breath and a cough — in other words, symptoms of the new coronavirus — you’ll likely wonder how you can get tested for it and what that entails. 

If you’re in the United States, chances are a health care worker will use a long Q-tip to swab the back of your throat and then send that sample off for testing. If you’re in a country that has developed an antibody test, such as China, you may get blood drawn. 

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