“Saliva testing could potentially make it even easier for people to take coronavirus tests at home, without having to use swabs,” Health Secretary of the UK Matt Hancock said.
“This trial will also help us learn if routine, at-home testing could pick up cases of the virus earlier,” he added.
In this type of test, the polymerase chain reaction method is not used. It was specified that during this method, the collecting of the samples by long nasopharyngeal swab might cause the errors.
Instead, the RT-Lamp method is used in the saliva test and according to the British government, it is a promising one.
Over 14,000 doctors and employees of the health industry and other staff of Southampton will be involved in the trials of the test developed by Optigene. The trial will be held by Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, and the state-run health service and the number of public services in Hampshire.
To perform the test, a patient should spit into a pot. The results of the tests will be ready within 48 hours.
As we reported before, the World Health Organization welcomed the initial results of clinical trials of dexamethasone, which, as scientists have found, reduces mortality from coronavirus by a third.