The U.S. FDA has approved a new saliva test set to detect COVID-19. Researchers from Rutgers University in New Jersey will continue their work on developing it in cooperation with Spectrum DNA and Accurate Diagnostics Labs.
This test was proven to be efficient in detecting RNA sequences. It requires subjects to provide samples by spitting into a tube. The samples will then be processed in a laboratory. This procedure is way less invasive than the popular swabbing one, plus it minimizes the patient-health worker contact, as well as the necessity of using additional protective gear.
The salvia spit tests are said to be accessible within the RWJBarnabas Health, a network that includes different medical departments in New Jersey and Middlesex County. There are also projects to organize drive-thru tests in the county as early as this week.
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