A doctor has shared an unnerving illustration of how the coronavirus is tested for in a bid to encourage people to stay at home amid the pandemic.
Dr. Jessica Peck, a clinical professor at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday tweeted an image showing “how far back we have to put the swab to test you for #COVID19.” “You might want to follow medical recommendations and #StayHome,” Peck wrote.
Peck did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. But people who have been tested for the virus ? that has so far sickened more than 164,000 people in the U.S. and killed more than 3,100 ? attested to the unpleasantness of the procedure:
I had to have one a few weeks ago and it was the most unpleasant and physically uncomfortable experiences I’ve ever had in a doctor’s office.
I hated it so much and was so relieved when it was over. https://t.co/inBjnklW2b
— Ryan Sloane (@RyanFSloane) March 30, 2020
I went through this for a regular flu and wow it was incredibly unpleasant. After the doctor took it out I said “HOLY SHIT” and she was like “…Yeah” https://t.co/lxYr9muW9Y
— Stephanie Foo (@imontheradio) March 30, 2020
Others, meanwhile, suggested the image was the perfect motivation to continue social distancing and remaining in shelter:
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