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Rhinoswab Junior device will be trialled at the Royal Children’s Hospital over the coming weeks

Children across the world could soon have access to a less invasive Covid-19 swab, with a new Melbourne-made device.⁠

⁠ The Rhinoswab Junior device will be trialled at the Royal Children’s Hospital over the coming weeks following a partner study between the hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.⁠

The device – which comes in a range of colours and designs such as moustaches and cat noses – will sit at the base of the nose and collect virus particles for testing.⁠

The trial comes after recent RCH research found that almost three-quarters of parents were concerned the standard PCR test might be stressful, painful or uncomfortable for their child, with 30 per cent indicating they were likely to not get tested.

Written by 5NEWS

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