Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

There's A New Way To Do Quebec COVID-19 Rapid Tests

You'd still have to put it in your nose too.

Senior Editor
Two COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.

Two COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.

The government is updating its Quebec COVID-19 rapid test guide to encourage residents to insert the test swabs in their mouths, as well as their noses to increase the chances of an accurate test result.

As of Friday, the French-language rapid test user guide already includes the optional extra step. It asks test-takers to rub the swab against the inside of each cheek for five seconds before inserting it in each nostril.

You do not want to get the order of those steps mixed up.

Quebec Ministry of Health microbiologist and clinical expert Dr. Jean Longtin said at a press conference that the new method involving the mouth isn't a requirement, but could mean the test is more likely to pick up an Omicron infection.

"Omicron is a virus that preferentially affects the upper respiratory tract," he said. Therefore, he continued, including a saliva sample "increases the sensitivity of the test a bit."

Users who aren't comfortable doing mouth stuff with their test swab can continue to only probe their nostrils, Longtin assured.

The rapid test guideline update comes as the province contends with the sixth wave of infections spurred by the BA.2 subvariant.

Interim National Public Health Director Dr. Luc Boileau said Friday that his office does not plan to recommend new restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus beyond the extension of the mask mandate.

While officials had planned to end face-covering requirements in most public spaces in mid-April, Boileau pushed that deadline to the end of the month.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.