Self-swab testing for coronavirus will be available at NYC Health + Hospitals clinics this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said this morning.
“There is a better way to do testing. There is an easier way to do testing, and there is a safer way to do testing, and we’re going to start that this week … This means the health-care worker explains to the person there for the test how to administer the test themselves,” he said.
Here's how it works: The patient submits their own nasal swab and saliva sample to the health professionals. "Those two samples provide enough information for the testing to be done," de Blasio said.
He called the new testing method "simpler but also safer, especially for that health-care worker."
The health-care provider the sends the sample to labs for testing.
The self-swab method will increase capacity of tests at sites from 15 per hour to up to 20 per hour, de Blasio said.
“This is something we're going to start using aggressively,” said de Blasio.