Coronavirus: saliva tests could make testing easier

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 16 July 2020 at 17h45 · Updated on 22 July 2020 at 17h06
Recommended in the event of doubts as for detecting a coronavirus case, PCR tests are no pleasure cruise. But an easier and less uncomfortable alternative could be another solution to the nose swab: spit-in-a-cup test.

In case of suspicious symptoms or risky exposition to coronavirus, the reflex is now known by everyone: call your GP, a laboratory or any testing center and get a PCR test. Another fact widely noticed from people who have had to undergo the process requiring a nose swab: it is no pleasure cruise.

Yet, it may sound weird, but having a long swab put far within your nose is not really attractive. And yet, as of today, this is the testing method the most used and it is vital in case of doubt. Lucky for us, a simpler and less invasive solution is being studied for months: spit-in-a-cup test.

Instead of nose swab, this approach could enable to detect Covid-19 from a saliva sample. You would only have to spit in a cup. The lead is studied by several scientists including a French biotechnology company, SkillCell.

This approach could make tests easier and then, they could be performed in pharmacies. Yet, what makes saliva tests more difficult is that the virus is said to be less easy to be found in these samples than in nose swabs.

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