The first saliva test for coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) was approved Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The test, developed by Rutgers University researchers, provides another testing option and could lower health care workers’ risk for COVID-19 infection. At first, the test will be available at hospitals and clinics affiliated with the university.
Currently, screening for COVID-19 requires a health care worker to take a swab from a patient’s nose or throat. For the new saliva test, patients spit into a plastic tube and then give the tube back to a health care worker for laboratory testing.
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