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India may soon witness saliva based COVID-19 test

India may soon be able to carry out saliva-based tests for Covid-19 diagnosis if the government approves the process that is considered safer for healthcare workers and less discomforting for individuals.

The Medanta Institute of Education and Research in Gurgaon, Mumbai-based diagnostics company TransAsia Bio, and Pune’s Mylab are among the entities that are trying to get this testing method validated by demonstrating that analysis of saliva samples is as accurate as nasopharyngeal swab collection.

They said the process will save resources and time while protecting healthcare professionals from possible exposure to the virus.

The current method of sample collection requires healthcare workers to insert a tool into the nose and throat of an individual. In the saliva-based method, individuals spit into a collection kit, which is handed over to labs. – Nyoooz

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