Mar 13, 2020 - Health
Some areas of U.S. facing shortages of nasal swabs, key for coronavirus testing
Some areas of the U.S. are facing a shortage of nasal swabs, an essential material to test people for the novel coronavirus.
Why it matters: Coronavirus testing in the U.S. has been woefully lagging behind other countries — a criticism the Trump administration is trying to fix. Labs have been short on other materials like "RNA extraction" kits that are needed for testing.
Yes, but: The shortages aren't national — rather, they're confined to specific locations, one source with direct knowledge told me.
- The Food and Drug Administration has published a list of alternative materials that can be used.
Go deeper: Why the U.S. is so far behind on coronavirus testing