Source: Nature | September 2020
Fast coronavirus tests: what they can and can’t do
Rapid antigen tests are designed to tell in a few minutes whether someone is infectious. Will they be game changers?
Source: Science Daily | September 2020
COVID-19: Saliva tests could detect silent carriers
Testing self-collected saliva samples could offer an easy and effective mass testing approach for detecting asymptomatic COVID-19.
Source: The New England Journal Of Medicine | August 2020
Saliva or Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimens for Detection of SARS-CoV-2
Rapid and accurate diagnostic tests are essential for controlling the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: Scientific American | August 2020
COVID-19 Spit Tests Used by NBA Are Now Authorized by FDA
A new saliva-based diagnostic does not require a “brain-tickling” swab, and it can be used with a range of chemical reagents
Source: New York Times | July 2020
Saliva could hold clues to how sick you will get from COVID-19
To the known risk factors for developing severe COVID-19—age, male sex, or any of a series of underlying conditions—a new study adds one more: high levels of the virus in your saliva.
Source: New York Times | July 2020
‘We Didn’t Want to Sit Idle’: A Rush to Meet Pro Sports’ Testing Needs
A handful of companies and labs quickly overhauled themselves to fulfill the sudden demand for coronavirus testing from the major American pro leagues.
Source: Boston.com | July 2020
A virus test that is fit for athletes: A spit tube
A saliva kit is now a key part of Major League Baseball’s plan to return to play, and has also been used by other revived sports leagues, including the PGA Tour and Major League Soccer.
Source: McKinsey & Company | July 2020
COVID-19: Overcoming supply shortages for diagnostic testing
Testing is considered critical to containing COVID-19, yet many countries have encountered diagnostic-supply shortages. Understanding where constraints lie could help efforts to scale testing.
Source: KTAR News | July 13, 2020
Arizona health department extends free COVID-19 saliva testing in Phoenix
The Arizona Department of Health Services on Monday announced a second session of free COVID-19 testing using a saliva sample process developed at Arizona State University.
Source: Berkeley News | June 30, 2020
UC Berkeley launches trial of saliva test for COVID-19
Scientists from the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), the same UC Berkeley group that rapidly popped up a state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing laboratory in March, are now trialing a quicker way to obtain patient samples: through saliva.
Source: Yale News | June 22, 2020
Yale and NBA partner to study efficacy of new COVID-19 test
Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have partnered with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to study the efficacy of a saliva-based method that quickly determines if someone is infected with the novel coronavirus.
Source: Yale School of Medicine | May 11, 2020
Yale Researchers Identify Saliva as an Accurate Test for COVID-19
Rapid and accurate testing for Sars-CoV-2 is essential for controlling the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. The current gold standard is a naslopharyngeal swab but researchers led Anne Wylie, PhD, at the Yale School of Public Health, in collaboration with Shelli Farhadian, MD, PhD, at Yale School of Medicine have identified saliva as a more reliable and accurate means of diagnostic testing.
Source: Lablogatory – Lab Medical Blog | May 11, 2020
Extraction-free and Saliva COVID-19 Testing
Much has changed quickly with SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) testing. Several commercial options are now available. Labs have less problems getting control material (positive samples are no longer in short supply).
Source: Small Things Considered – Schaechter ASM Blog | May 1, 2020
It Starts with a Cough
The TWiM team discuses saliva as more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharyngeal swab and how Mycobacterium tuberculosis sulfolipid-1 activates nociceptive neurons and induces cough.
Source: Wall Street Journal | May 1, 2020
Your Spit Could Be the Best Coronavirus Test
As states look for ways to increase their testing capacity, new research suggests that saliva is as effective detecting the virus as swabs
Source: Science Blog | April 25, 2020
Saliva Samples Preferable To Deep Nasal Swabs For Testing COVID-19
As testing for the novel coronavirus continues to scale up, a new study finds that saliva samples are a “preferable” indicator for infection than the deep nasal swabs now widely used.
Source: Roche | April 23, 2020
How molecular testing detects SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19
Testing is the best way to be sure that someone is positive for the SARS-CoV-2 infection. Along with measures like social distancing and self-isolation, quality testing is an essential part of efforts to contain and control the COVID-19 pandemic, which currently has no approved vaccine or disease-specific treatment.
Source: medRxiv | April 16, 2020
Saliva is more sensitive for SARS-CoV-2 detection in COVID-19 patients than nasopharyngeal swabs
Rapid and accurate SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing is essential for controlling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The current gold standard for COVID-19 diagnosis is real-time RT-PCR detection of SARS-CoV-2 from nasopharyngeal swabs.