Coronavirus “test pin” to be tested in Southampton | world news


A new “spit test” for Covid-19 is being tested on a key for 14,000 workers and their families in Southampton, the government announced, in the hope that it will be both more acceptable and more efficient than the current test, using a nasal swab.People taking part in the trial may be tested weekly by spitting in a jar, which they will send or have collected by the University of Southampton clinical trial staff. They must obtain a result within 48 hours.

Test saliva is much easier on people with suspected infection, who when going to a testing center or trying to swab their nasal passages and the back of their mouth, using a test kit sent to their home. There are already regular routine health tests and care staff using tampons.


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