The helpful tip Dr. Fauci says to do before taking a COVID-19 test


Have you wondered what the COVID-19 nasal swab test is like?

If you've seen the test on social media, some people have described experiencing degrees of mild discomfort to extreme anguish.

Dr. Jen Ashton shared with ABC News what it is like getting tested for COVID-19. During her trip to get her third test, Ashton recounted a helpful COVID-19 test tip from Dr. Anthony Fauci, immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

"Blow your nose before the test so that anything that's all the way back up in the nasal passages comes forward," Ashton said was Fauci's advice.

Ashton also advised that when getting a COVID-19 test, "you should cover your mouth so that if you sneeze, the person doing the test does not get exposed."

Fauci recently warned Americans to prepare for the "challenge" posed by coronavirus in the coming months.

The leading infectious disease expert disclosed that while many fear a second wave of coronavirus as the weather gets cold, the country is not through the pandemic's first wave.

"Rather than say, 'a second wave,' why don't we say, 'Are we prepared for the challenge of the fall and the winter?'" Fauci said.

Fauci's warning comes amid continued surges in case numbers as establishments and institutions continue to open up.

Fauci also disclosed the three "higher risk" places to avoid were bars, restaurants, and gyms, citing hotspots New York, Arizona, and Texas as three states that slowed coronavirus spread when they closed these establishments.

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