'It's not too onerous': Eddie McGuire lifts the lid on coronavirus test

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has broken down how a coronavirus (COVID-19) test works on air, after receiving the all-clear from doctors after undergoing the virus screening.

Speaking on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast show having been cleared of the virus by doctors, McGuire told the breakfast show panel that testing was mildly uncomfortable, but relatively easy.

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“What they do is they do swab - they stick a long, elongated , earbud type of thing down your throat,” he said.

“It’s not too onerous - it’s right down your throat, it’s mildly uncomfortable but they do that for a couple of seconds and then get out.

“Then they do one that brings a tear to your eye.

“They get the swab, turn it upside down and they whack it up your nose. It goes right through, like they’;re scratching the inside of your brain.

Colllingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire has detailed the process of being tested for coronavirus on his morning radio show. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

“It’s slightly uncomfortable, but it’s only for a couple of seconds.

“They have another stick, which they did up my other nostril to test for any other viruses.”

While policies vary from state to state, coronavirus testing is only required if you fit the ‘case definition’ for coronavirus - typically only if you have returned from a country impacted by the virus, such as China or Italy, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

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McGuire also discussed the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was having on the AFL, and the Magpies in particular, on Channel 9’s Today show.

The Magpies head honcho said players had expressed interest in supporting other club staff, should the season be suspended or cancelled outright, declaring the Collingwood attitude was ‘one in, all in’.

“Everyone is making a sacrifice along the way,” McGuire said.

“The players have already said ‘we will do anything’.

“I know talking to the Collingwood boys, they are bleeding that some of their colleagues on the other side of the building if you like, those working in admin, are going to have to take pay cuts or even lose their jobs.”