The world as we all know it changed dramatically in the early months of 2020 with the onset of COVID-19. With business closures and hospital overloads occurring around the globe, researchers felt the urge to find solutions to the evolving pandemic. However, testing on an individual basis was soon found to be expensive, time consuming, and full of obstacles. With a lack of supplies (i.e. swabs, masks, etc.) and a shortage of healthy and cooperative health care professionals, it was quickly understood that testing every individual was not an effective or realistic solution.


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In this blog, you’re going to learn what makes saliva a viable alternative to nasal and oral swabs for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.

This post includes statistics on real-life examples of SARS-CoV-2 being isolated from different sample types, including saliva and swabs, showing high sensitivity, longevity, and more.


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Editor's Update (June 20, 2020): The information represented in this article is a representation of when the original article was written on February 26th, 2020

Chances are, you’ve been keeping tabs on the recent coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak that has emerged out of Wuhan, China—and rightly so. Infectious diseases such as SARS, MERS, Ebola, and this new strain of the coronavirus (CoV) cause widespread morbidity and mortality, provoke civil unrest, and disrupt global travel and supply chains.


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