MYTH: Swabs used for mouth and nose tests for the new coronavirus can give you the virus

This is not true. The swabs used to take samples for coronavirus testing are sterile, meaning they’re completely clean with no bugs on them. Healthcare workers are trained to carefully open the packet and remove the swab without touching the tip. This is so the specimen taken from your body is the only thing being tested, and not any contaminants on the swab. Sterile swabs cannot cause any infection.