With the inauguration of Covid lateral flow testing in the school, we have taken a big step towards keeping our students safe as life begins to return to normal. Our Year 8 students have been telling us how they are finding the experience.
When you’re at the front someone will call you to a booth to do your test. They are very nice and help you know what you’re doing. First you brush each tonsil four times then put the swab in your nose until you feel a small resistance and turn it for five seconds. This doesn’t hurt at all. You just might gag a bit and your nose will feel funny when the swab is in there.
After my first test I knew there was nothing to worry about anymore as it was completely fine and it doesn’t take long. So if you’re worried or anxious that’s fine but it’s not bad at all and doesn’t hurt.”Adam, 8AR
To do the test, I must first wait in a line for my turn. This can sometimes take a long time. Then I get in the sports hall and sanitise my hands. Afterwards I get a card. I wait a bit more. Then I get into a booth and take off my mask. I take the swab and first touch my tonsils with it. This is a bit uncomfortable but it doesn’t last long. I then take the swab out of my mouth without touching my tongue or teeth. I put the swab up my nostril until I feel a little push. Then I turn the swab five times. This part is the part I hate the most because it is uncomfortable and a bit painful. Finally I take out the swab and put it in a small bottle with a liquid.
After this I put on my mask and exit the sports hall. Teachers are there to guide you through the process.”John, 8AR