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Minnesota doctors try stopping the discomfort with COVID-19 tests


Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune

Elizabeth Santoro, a medic with the Minnesota Air National Guard 133rd Medical Group, administered a free COVID-19 test to Thomas Harmon, 61, of Robbinsdale, in May.

Dan Howe expected his COVID-19 test would feature a quick but jarring poke deep inside his nasal cavity.

When a doctor swabbed the back of his throat instead, Howe was startled - not by the collection itself, but the idea of it.

"I was expecting a nasal swab," said Howe, 60, of Anoka, who was tested this month by Allina Health System in Minneapolis. "Anyone who's had a throat culture taken, they kind of know what it's like. It's not painful at all."


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