Colleges offer students virus tests before holiday

As college students prepare to go home for the holidays, some schools are quickly ramping up COVID-19 testing to try to keep infections from spreading further as the coronavirus surges across the U.S. (Nov. 20)

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- OK. What I'm going to have you do is two self-administered nasal swabs. So to do that, you're just going to take it out. It kind of opens up like a Band-Aid.

DEVIN KING: This is my first time getting a COVID test. It was a little strange, at first, definitely, having to put something up your nose. Definitely felt weird for the first time doing it.

It wasn't as bad as I expected, though. I've heard a lot of horror stories. But obviously, there's a reason that they're pushing it in a lot of universities, trying to keep us safe, trying to keep the community safe. So it makes sense. But it would make more sense if they had more in-person classes to do it for.

LORI MCDONALD: Today, we're using a rapid test that allows the person to do it themselves, kind of take a swab of their nose, then it's a quick turnaround. You know, we've had a variety of types of tests-- saliva, and a swab deep into your nose, things like that. So all of that is changing. But we are hoping to get to a point where we can test more students very often on a regular basis, perhaps even weekly, as early as January when we start coming back for our winter semester-- or our spring semester.