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Watch: Musician Jeremy Messersmith live-streams his COVID-19 test

The Twin Cities artist has self-quarantined for the past week.

Have you been wondering what a coronavirus test looks like? Well wonder no more thanks to Jeremy Messersmith.

The Twin Cities musician live streamed the test he underwent Monday at a M Health Fairview clinic in Brooklyn Park, one of the clinics that is offering drive-up COVID-19 testing.

The video shows a hoarse Messersmith receiving a nasal swab through his car window, which gets so deep it triggers a cough.

But it was all over very quickly, taking no more than a few seconds.

In an earlier post on his Twitter account, Messersmith said he had been self-quarantining for 7 days prior to his test after noting a "strange sore throat that wasn't going away."

On Monday morning he said his condition worsened, with "chills, fever, loss of my voice," with his ER doctor brother advising him to get tested.

He used M Health Fairview's OnCare online portal to see whether he qualified for testing, and it turns out he did.

He had to wait about an hour after arriving in Brooklyn Park to get the test, with staff coming out in protective gear to administer it, before telling him he can expect the results in 3-5 days.

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"The wait wasn't insanely long though nothing is particularly fun when you're feverish," he wrote.

Describing himself as "hospital-phobic," he said the test was "uncomfortable" but "nothing to be afraid of."

M Health Fairview has been administering drive-up COVID-19 tests in four Twin Cities locations over the past week, with the samples then passed on to the Minnesota Department of Health for analysis.

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