Saliva test that has coronavirus results in 3 hours being fast tracked

Tests are expected to cost about $10 per sample.

News 12 Staff

Aug 17, 2020, 10:44 AM

Updated 1,381 days ago

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A new less-invasive coronavirus test is being fast tracked as the FDA is granting emergency use authorization for a saliva test.
The National Basketball Association helped fund the development of the test. They use it to test for non-symptomatic carriers.
Health experts say it could help parts of the country where the infection rate continues to rise. "It doesn't need the same re-agents and swabs that have been the limiting steps to create testing at scale in this country. It really could be a game changer if we can deploy it," says Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and public health expert.
Officials say results can be determined in under three hours.
Tests are expected to cost about $10 per sample.
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