The New York governor has received a Covid-19 test live on TV to show how quick and easy the process is. Cuomo welcomed a doctor dressed in PPE to conduct the test. 'I'm not in pain, I'm not in discomfort,' he said afterwards. 'Closing my eyes was a moment of relaxation. There is no reason why you should not get the test '
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a test for Covid-19 at a press conference on Sunday in an attempt to demonstrate the ease of the procedure and encourage people to get tested.
"There is nothing about this test that should intimidate people from not taking this test. It is fast, it is easy," he said. "It is so fast and so easy that even a governor can take this test."
Cuomo then stood and introduced Dr. Elizabeth DuFort, decked in full personal protective equipment, including a gown, gloves and mask. DuFort put a long swab, known as a nasopharyngeal swab, deep into Cuomo's nose for about five seconds.
"That is the whole test. I'm not in pain. I'm not in discomfort," he said afterward. "You don't even have to be New York tough to take that test."
The swab is just the first part of the diagnostic PCR test, the most common and most accurate test for determining whether someone is infected with the novel coronavirus. To complete the test, that swab sample would then be sent to a lab with access to a test kit to determine if the novel coronavirus is present. In general, the entire testing process takes a day or more.