All of the 14 Health Science Authority-approved Covid-19 self-test kits instruct users to swab their noses. Recently though, the internet has been abuzz with an ART ‘hack’ that’s said to be able to better detect the Omicron variant — swabbing both the nose and throat.
TikToker and Singapore-based general practitioner Samuel, who goes by Dr Sam and Skingapore online, also recently shared that he managed to detect his Covid-19 infection two days earlier by swabbing his throat.
According to Dr Sam, he did a regular ART on Jan 25 after being told that someone in his household had tested positive. This returned a negative result.
After another negative ART the next day, he decided to try swabbing his throat and his nose as he was experiencing a sore throat. This test turned out to be positive. Meanwhile, he did another ART the usual way, and received a negative result.