Swabs

The NASOPHARYNGEAL SWABS working group is addressing the current shortage of swabs for COVID-19 testing by screening, assessing, and validating novel 3D-printed and injection molded swab designs that have emerged through industry and research enterprises over the past month.

 

Spiral Design
Trapping sample material inside the ridges of the tip
Open Lattice Design
Trapping sample material within the tip of the swab.
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Video credit to Ramses Martinez

Validation+Manufacturing Dark

The Swabs working group is in the process of optimizing designs for validation, ensuring that swabs will be Strong enough to not break during a test, yet flexible enough to make it through the nasal passage with relative comfort.