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Fact check: A swab test is highly unlikely to misdiagnose flu or common cold as COVID-19 – Reuters

Social media users have been sharing a post saying any cold or common flu can be misdiagnosed as COVID-19. This is misleading.

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Social media users have been sharing a post saying any cold or common flu can be misdiagnosed as COVID-19. This is misleading.
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One Facebook user says their relative was told by a doctor in New York that any cold or flu can show up positive on a COVID test. The post does not mention the type of test (here) .
There are two main types of tests a swab or a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and an antibody test (here) (here) .
A swab test is used t…

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