Recording Reveals What Happens At A Drive-Thru Coronavirus Test
A recording provided to 10 daily of a drive-thru coronavirus test shows a patient faced three cotton swabs -- two in the nose and one down the throat, and they 'actually hurt'.
Wollongong man Rick recorded his recent drive-thru test to shed some light on how authorities are checking Australians for the sickness.
He told 10 daily he was met with three cotton swabs, one in each nostril and one down the throat when he drove his car through the outdoor testing site in the city's CBD on Tuesday.
"Ooh sugar ... That actually hurt!" he responded after a nurse inserted the first long swab up his nostril.
Rick said the test site was set up in a parking lot up the road from a health clinic, where he first presented with symptoms on Monday.
A long wait to get tested, Rick claimed he was told that it was too late in the day, and he would have to return on Tuesday to get his test.
He self-isolated until Tuesday's appointment, and described the test venue as "a tent in a car park".
In footage recorded by Rick, he can be seen wearing a face mask to cover his mouth and nose.
He calls the clinic to make sure it's OK for him to drive in and when he gets the all-clear he enters a canvas tent.
There, he is met by a nurse wearing gloves and protective clothing.
The nurse quickly inserts a swab up each of Rick's nostrils, then another in the back of his throat, collecting the samples in plastic tubes.
"What should I do now?" Rick was filmed asking the nurse.
She replied that it could take 48 hours to get his results back and that he should call back in two days to see if his results are available.
The nurse noted that there were many tests to process.
On Wednesday, Australia's health minister Greg Hunt said a funding boost would be "focused on expanding the capacity of people to have treatment, diagnosis and testing" for coronavirus.
The $2.4 billion package will include funding for pop-up clinics to be staffed by doctors and nurses, who will be able to see up to 75 people a day for a six-month period.
Australia's chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy has called for calm among those seeking testing, saying many people wanting to be tested did not need to undergo screening.
"There is no point being tested at the moment if you have not travelled or if you've not been in contact [with a confirmed coronavirus case], even if you have flu-like illnesses," he said.
"Other Australians do not need testing and all they're doing is putting an unnecessary burden on the testing. But the testing is being expanded and the new package will substantially increase our capacity to test with the clinics and the new pathology service," he said.
"The number of Australians who should be tested at the moment is well within the capacity of current testing but we are expanding and getting ready and I'm just trying to tell people to stay reasonably calm about this ... there is no reason for community panic in Australia."
Meanwhile, Rick is back at home, isolating himself until he finds out his test results.
He told 10 daily he's spending time baking banana cake.
"Wasn't terribly exciting," he said, summing up his test experience.
"That's it, back home to isolation. Oh, what a thrill ..."