Saliva Nucleic Acid Testing (NAAT)

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Testing is the cornerstone of a successful public health response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Nasopharyngeal swab nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) is the non-invasive criterion standard for diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, it requires trained personnel, limiting its availability, and the technique cannot be easily or reliably performed in all populations (i.e., children and quarantined individuals).  Consequently, …

Saliva Versus Nasopharyngeal Swab Testing

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Testing is the cornerstone of a successful public health response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Nasopharyngeal sampling for nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT) is the current, non-invasive criterion standard diagnostic test. However, nasopharyngeal testing requires trained personnel and handling of a specially designed swab, and the technique cannot be easily or reliably performed in all populations (i.e., children and quarantined …