Saliva-based COVID-19 test receives emergency FDA approval

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The NBA and National Basketball Players Association funded the development by Yale University of a saliva-based COVID-19 test. On Saturday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for public use of the test, known as SalivaDirect.

Designed for widespread public virus screening, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com explains that it likely will cost $15 to $20 for consumers.

Working with the NBA, Yale used the saliva test in conjunction with the nasal swab test, and the results “almost universally matched,” Lowe explains.

The saliva sample still must be sent away to a lab for testing. Ideally, someone eventually will develop a highly accurate saliva-based point-of-care test that will allow consumers to test themselves and secure the results at home, in minutes not hours.

To get to that point, however, the upper reaches of the federal government will first have to come to terms with the fact that more testing will result in more cases being detected and reported and counted.

6 responses to “Saliva-based COVID-19 test receives emergency FDA approval

  1. Interesting that it took the NBA to push for what the federal government should have done at the beginning of the year. The lack of leadership in Washington by both parties is astounding. Without mass testing and some standards around how the data is aggregated, we really don’t know anything. All while the media continues to feed the fire with sensationalism.

  2. If we are all wearing masks to keep from spreading it because it’s in our saliva then we should never have needed an uncomfortable test with a nasal swab. If I ever need to get tested then a saliva test it will be. It’s either in saliva or it’s not and hence the whole mask thing.

  3. Let me try this again PFT. Since you deleted my first post. “The upper reaches of the federal government could sure help us all out by funding more testing. Seems common sense to me. I want to see pro ball take place. It seems testing is needed to make that happen.

  4. This is HUGE! How government should be working to cut the usual red tape and make solutions easier to implement.

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