You asked us tons of questions about the coronavirus. We answered them.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, hundreds of our readers across the nation have asked us questions about COVID-19.To answer many of your concerns – What are the symptoms? How should you prepare? How is it spread? – we’ve put together an explainer on the virus. We’ve also debunked some of those viral coronavirus myths you’re seeing on social media. (No, it’s not related to Corona beer. And no, it didn’t escape from a Chinese lab.)But you’re curious, so we wanted to address more of the important questions you submitted via our newsletter, Coronavirus Watch.(Not a newsletter subscriber? Sign up for it here!)What else would you like to know? Ask us by filling out the form here. What is involved in testing for the coronavirus? Is it the same as when they do a nasal swab for influenza?– Julie from Chicago, IllinoisTo collect a sample for a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, doctors typically use the same method of collection as they would for influenza: a nasopharyngeal swab. For this swab, a tiny Q-tip on plastic or a wire stem is put up your nose about 3 or 4 inches.”I’ve had it done, and it’s mildly uncomfortable for a few