Rhinoswab Junior

Adequacy of nasal self-swabbing for SARS-COV-2 testing in children 

The goal of this study was to characterize the ability of school-aged children to self-collect adequate anterior nares (AN) swabs  for SARS-CoV-2 testing. 287 children aged 4-14 years-old, of whom 197 were symptomatic, watched a short instructional video before providing a self-collected anterior nares specimen. Health care workers (HCWs) then collected a second specimen, and … Read more

COVID-19 testing in kids: What concerns parents?

The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of 1434 parents who care for 2553 children, found a range of barriers which may impact on the willingness of parents to attend a testing clinic for their child. Of these parents, almost three quarters (74 per cent) were concerned the COVID-19 test might be stressful, painful or uncomfortable … Read more

Nasal swab as preferred clinical specimen for Covid-19 testing in children

A prospective study of children (age 0–18) testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, with 52 paired samples of both nasal and oropharyngeal specimens taken on admission and every 1-3 days during hospitalization. Overall, 24 of 26 nasal specimens resulted positive, whereas 20 of 26 oropharyngeal specimens resulted positive. CT values of the first simultaneous collected materials were … Read more

A novel anterior nasal swab to detect respiratory viruses: a prospective study of diagnostic sensitivity and specificity

BACKGROUND Detection of respiratory viruses requires the collection of samples for testing, however, nasal and throat swabs can cause discomfort and procedural anxiety in children. Respiratory sampling methods which are accurate and less invasive are needed.  AIM To determine whether Rhinoswab Junior (ANS)  is a suitable alternative to the standard combined nose and throat (CTN) … Read more