Anal swabbing has reportedly been introduced as a new method of testing for COVID-19 in China. \nAccording to the Washington Post, Li Tongzeng, an infectious-disease specialist in Beijing, spoke on a Chinese state TV broadcaster, CCTV, to discuss the approach. \nEditor's Choice: Over 30K Travellers Have Now Been Stopped At Canada's Borders Since March 2020\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nIf we add anal swab testing, it can raise our rate of identifying infected patients.\n\n\nLi Tongzeng\n\n\n“Considering that collecting anal swabs is not as convenient as throat swabs, at the moment only key groups such as those in quarantine receive both,” he said. \nCTV News reports that anal swabbing will be used to test individuals in the country who are considered to be at high risk for getting COVID-19. \nApparently, this type of testing has already been used on a number of people.\nThese people include those who live in neighbourhoods with confirmed cases in Beijing and those who are currently in designated quarantine facilities. \n\nWhile the throat swab may be uncomfortable, this new method isn't a replacement, but an addition to existing test protocols. \nSo, some lucky folks are receiving both throat and anal swabs to test for COVID-19. \nThis article's cover photo is for illustrative purposes only.