Man 'went to hospital after swallowing entire coronavirus swab stick'

A man being tested for Coronavirus was hospitalised after accidentally swallowing the entire swab stick.

The unnamed individual somehow inhaled the six-inch plastic stick and attached cotton bud before visiting the Hull Royal Infirmary on Tuesday, Hull Live reports.

The sticks are used to get samples of swab fluid from the throat of people who could have Covid-19.

It is unclear whether the patient was trying to test himself or had swallowed the stick after visiting a testing station. The hospital said they could not comment on the individual’s situation.

There have been other reports of accidents involving coronavirus testing kits.

A man from Albuquerque in New Mexico, the US, swallowed his swab when part of the stick snapped as he was being tested by a nurse.

Orlando Skidmore told reporters: ‘She stuck it in my left nostril and she was counting to ten and somewhere between six and eight I heard it snap.

‘But I thought it was something the device is supposed to be doing, and then she pulled out the stem and the rest of it didn’t come out.’

After visiting a local hospital, nursing staff said they believed he had swallowed it.

‘Hopefully through biological processes it will come loose,’ Mr Skidmore said at the time.

Coronavirus testing in England has faced many problems, though swallowing the swabs is a first.

The government has been under fire in recent days after several people reported they could not get a coronavirus test despite showing symptoms for the virus.

Some of those who were able to get a test were told they would have to travel hundreds of miles from their nearest testing facility. The NHS said they were also dealing with a huge backlog at testing labs.

Boris Johnson has promised half a million tests will be carried out a day by the end of October under a mass testing programme dubbed ‘Operation Moonshot’.

But critics have warned that the £100 billion proposals represent ‘waste and corruption on a cosmic scale’.

Concerns have been raised that mass testing could lead to an increase in false negative results, while some have pointed out that the plan is ‘fundamentally flawed’ as the technology to achieve mass testing does not yet exist.

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