You’re probably reading the title of this article and thinking, what???
Communist China has new tests, which involve inserting a swab into the rectum to detect whether someone has COVID or not.
After the new tests started happening several videos were posted online of people wobbling around the hospital who had anal swab COVID test.
China has come out and said the anal swab tests don’t make you wobble like a penguin but videos tell a different story.
On Jan 28, in #Shijiazhuang City, #China, after being given anal swab #COVID19 testing, people walked like this…
1月28日，石家莊民衆經歷核酸肛拭子檢測後，走路變這樣了……#COVID19 #CCPVirus #AnalSwab
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— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) January 30, 2021
China has rolled out anal swab testing for those at high COVID-19 risk as part of a measure that sparked strong controversy on Chinese social media. One user on Weibo commented "Low risk of harm; high risk of humiliation”
— Radio Free Asia (@RadioFreeAsia) January 27, 2021
Forbes broke the strange story:
Chinese officials reassured members of the public Monday that newly introduced anal swab coronavirus tests will not make them waddle like penguins after a video purportedly showing people struggling to walk after using them went viral online.
Authorities said a video of people waddling out of a hospital, which reportedly was viewed millions of times before being taken down, does not show people who have been subjected to the anal swab test.
The video, set to a laugh track, is doctored and fake, officials said, though an explanation on what the video does show was not offered.
The new tests, which involve inserting a cotton-tipped swab about 1-2 inches into the rectum and which Chinese authorities say can detect the virus more accurately than oral and nasal methods, are only used in high-risk cases owing to the less-than-convenient method of testing.
COVID-19 ANAL SWAB TESTING IN CHINA 🇨🇳
"Shanghai experts confirm, besides throat swab, anal swab tests are carried out on COVID-19 patients after two negative nucleic acid tests to minimize the risks of coronavirus infection relapse after recovery." pic.twitter.com/bdZp8zHtaS
— Mr___Killuminati (@Mr__Killuminati) January 24, 2021
The Daily Mail chipped into:
Chinese authorities have labelled a viral video ‘fake’ after it purportedly showed people walking ‘like penguins’ following an anal swab to test for the novel coronavirus.
Officials assured citizens that they would not waddle like the flightless birds after undergoing the medical procedure, which is being used in the country to screen COVID-19 cases.
No official explanation was given as to why people were filmed walking in the awkward manner.
China says people won't waddle 'like penguins' after COVID anal swabs
China shut down a viral clip that shows people walking strangely in a hospital
— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) February 1, 2021