New saliva test could revolutionize COVID-19 testing

A new coronavirus saliva test developed at Rutgers University that could dramatically accelerate the rate of collections and limit exposure to health care workers could be rolled out as soon as Wednesday. The test, which can be self-administered, will allow for broader population screening than the current nose and throat swabs used at testing facilities, Rutgers officials said. The saliva test also lessens the need for valuable personal protective equipment during the testing process.

"All of this combined will have a tremendous impact on testing," said Andrew Brooks, a Rutgers professor who was involved in developing the test.

– Melanie Anzidei, NorthJersey.com

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