Yes, nasopharyngeal aspiration is better than a NP swab to test for COVID-19 but how would we test people in a drive thru?
Glad you asked! Yes, nasopharyngeal aspiration can be done in a drive up concept. Especially given the shortages of NP swabs, this is a perfect time for clinics and medical facilities to consider NP aspiration. Aside from improved patient comfort compared to a NP swab, the sample historically gives better sensitivities. Less false negatives and less discomfort makes this a better alternative.
Here is a video and sample protocol on how to perform DRIVE-UP COVID-19 testing using Nasopharyngeal Aspiration.