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Saliva Alternative to Upper Respiratory Swabs for SARS-CoV-2 Diagnosis

Authors
  • Byrne, Rachel L.
  • Kay, Grant A.
  • Kontogianni, Konstantina
  • Aljayyoussi, Ghaith
  • Brown, Lottie
  • Collins, Andrea M.
  • Cuevas, Luis E.
  • Ferreira, Daniela M.
  • Fraser, Alice J.
  • Garrod, Gala
  • Hill, Helen
  • Hughes, Grant L.
  • Menzies, Stefanie
  • Mitsi, Elena
  • Owen, Sophie I.
  • Patterson, Edward I.
  • Williams, Christopher T.
  • Hyder-Wright, Angela
  • Adams, Emily R.
  • Cubas-Atienzar, Ana I.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Publisher
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2020
Volume
26
Issue
11
Pages
2769–2770
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3201/eid2611.203283
PMID: 32917294
PMCID: PMC7588522
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

PCR of upper respiratory specimens is the diagnostic standard for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection. However, saliva sampling is an easy alternative to nasal and throat swabbing. We found similar viral loads in saliva samples and in nasal and throat swab samples from 110 patients with coronavirus disease.

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