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Health Matters: Saliva Tests for COVID-19

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This week on Health Matters, we highlight some of the latest research being conducted by teams at the RI-MUHC and the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4). Dr. Jonathon Campbell (PDF with Dr. Dick Menzies) discusses a study that finds saliva tests for COVID-19 are as effective as the nasal swab test.

(Time on Podcast: 1:05) If anyone has had to undergo a nasopharyngeal swab for COVID-19 testing, they know it is extremely uncomfortable. In this study, it was found that a saliva sample was just as reliable and effective in detecting COVID-19 virus. Samples are easier to collect and more comfortable to use. This study suggests that saliva tests could be used for COVID-19 testing. For this to be available to the public, there needs to be buy-in from the testing labs to validate and process the tests.

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Research and innovation: advancing medicine and saving lives. The MUHC Foundation’s Health Matters. January 24, 2021