A few weeks ago, Perry, who lives in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, started feeling symptoms of what he thought was COVID-19. The 64-year-old and his wife drove from their house to Waukegan to get tested.
But instead of the invasive and unpleasant nasal test he’d heard about, they were handed swabs that looked like large Q-tips and told to collect their own samples.
“They instructed us to take the swab and place it halfway up our nostril, twirl it to the right a few times and twirl it to the left a few times, and let it sit in the nasal cavity for 15 seconds,” said Perry, who asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons.
Then they handed Perry a small vial