Saliva test developed in New York makes COVID testing less invasive

2021-11-26 09:40:23 By : Ms. Vicky li

The New York laboratory has developed a new, less invasive test method for COVID-19. FOX 5 News has an exclusive understanding of the internal situation of the laboratory.

New York-When the pandemic started about two years ago, testing for coronavirus required an uncomfortable nasal swab. no longer. Now, the saliva test is sufficient without sacrificing accuracy.

Earlier this year, as schools and businesses rushed to return to normal, the Mount Sinai Health System set out to design a cheap, non-invasive, and accurate method to test people on a large scale. Saliva seems to be a good answer, but doctors must test it to make sure it works.

Therefore, between March and May, the hospital conducted approximately 13,000 saliva tests at various KIPP charter schools in the city. According to Mount Sinai, there are no false positives and no known false negatives.

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Since its launch in mid-July, the Mount Sinai Laboratory on First Avenue has processed more than 42,000 saliva samples from the MTA, the Metropolitan Opera and the United States Tennis Association.

FOX 5 News visited the laboratory exclusively and watched the entire process from reception to testing. The results appeared in less than 24 hours.

The doctor said that saliva may change the rules of the game, not only can detect COVID-19, but also other potentially dangerous respiratory viruses.

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