COVID-19 FAQ: Can saliva-based tests replace unpleasant nasal swabs?
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COVID-19 FAQ: Can saliva-based tests replace unpleasant nasal swabs?

Endre Szvetnik
Endre Szvetnik

There is a good chance that COVID-19 tests will become painless, faster and cheaper, due to breakthroughs in saliva-based testing. A new method involves spitting into a sterile container rather than having a swab inserted in one’s nose.

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