An employee for the epidemic control department in the Daxing district of Beijing told the Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper, that "general international travelers" will be subject to anal swab tests in addition to nasal swabs."
BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign visitors have been upset by China’s anal swab tests for COVID-19, prompting complaints of inconvenience and even psychological trauma, and stoking debate over their necessity. A few cities, such as the capital, Beijing, Shanghai and the port city of Qingdao require the checks, in addition to nasal or throat swab tests, for some international arrivals, state media say.
Chinese state media outlets introduced the new protocol in recent days, prompting widespread discussion and some outrage. Some Chinese doctors say the science is there. Recovering patients, they say, have continued to test positive through samples from the lower digestive tract days after nasal and throat swabs came back negative.
"China has made COVID-19 anal swab tests mandatory for nearly all international arrivals despite complaints that the procedure is humiliating.
The tests will be required for all travelers arriving at Beijing and Shanghai airports before they are allowed to enter the country.
Despite the degrading nature of the procedure, Chinese health authorities claim it is more effective at identifying COVID-19 than nasal swabs.
“The same procedure applies to visitors who came from countries where COVID-19 cases are high or they tested positive upon arrival,” reports IB Times. “If a person shows symptoms of diarrhea, he or she must also get an anal swab.”
JanJal, good point. You need to be sure which vaccine is being given. In the US there are reports of adverse reactions to the vaccine(s) being given. When a vaccine is developed, tested and produced in an unbelievably short time using new, never used before technology, what could possibly go wrong? Given that US "science" is now politicized bad news is being suppressed. Bill Gates, not a doctor, scientist, or even educated, is investing a lot of money and driving both fear and panic. But hey, he is rich so again, what could possibly go wrong?
DanDare is absolutely right. This isn't the place for medical advice.
My post addressed having stents and what MY doctors said in MY case. This is a really thin slice. Perhaps a consideration, but not advice.
I am no authority on viruses, heart disease, or vaccines. In trying to understand and decide in the current environment of conflicting facts, BS, politicized "science," and outright nonsense, I am sure the more I read, the less I can be confident.
My response to my cardio team was, "I think I'll wait a couple of months and see what the body count for the vaccine is."
@AlPage48: I have 5 stents, last two in 1996. Over the past two years, I have had four open heart procedures, including a quad by-bass 15 months ago. Last week my cardiologist CALLED ME and on a video appointment told me the cardio team recommended I get the COVID vaccine.
Be aware they will push whatever they are selling. Some of the staff have no idea about the technical side of appliances.
I went there to buy a stove. I repeatedly told them I would be using bottled gas. They sold me a stove. When I went to my local gas guy, I learned there are at least three kinds of gas sold. Luckily, B&Q did not deliver as promised. I went back to the store and discovered they had sold me a stove they needed to be hooked up to the gas main. I got my money back.
The sales lady was almost in tears, 没有问题！I don't know if it a safety or design issue, but I would think B&Q would know and care.
Subway starts at 9am. I have no idea where to catch an airport express bus. Eight taxis refused to go to the airport. After almost an hour standing on Beijing Lu took a black taxi, this dude drives slower than my mother, 120 yuan.
Flight back was delayed so I learned the subway stops running at 6:10pm.
Getting a taxi back was easy, more taxis than customers. Taxi was 87 yuan including 1o yuan toll, airport to Beichen area. Yes, he took a longer route than necessary.
Kunming imagines being a gateway for international travelers. New airport but hard to get to and from it.