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

Byrne, Rachel, Kay, Grant Alistair, Kontogianni, Konstantina, Aljayyoussi, Ghaith, Brown, Lottie, Collins, Andrea ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4094-1572, Cuevas, Luis ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6581-0587, Ferreira, Daniela ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0594-0902, Fletcher, Tom, Fraser, Alice, Garrod, Gala, Hill, Helen, Hughes, Grant ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7567-7185, Menzies, Stefanie, Mitsi, Elena, Owen, Sophie, Patterson, Ian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3465-0848, Todd, Stacy, Williams, Chris, Hyder-Wright, Angela, Adams, Emily ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0816-2835 and Cubas-Atienzar, Ana I. (2020) 'Saliva Alternative to Upper Respiratory Swabs for SARS-CoV-2 Diagnosis'. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol 26, Issue 11, pp. 2769-2770.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QY Clinical Pathology > Diagnostic Tests > QY 125 Saliva
WA Public Health > WA 105 Epidemiology
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Respiratory Tract Infections. Respirovirus Infections > WC 505 Viral respiratory tract infections
WF Respiratory System > WF 140 Diseases of the respiratory system (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2611.203283
Depositing User: Rachael O'Donoghue
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2020 19:58
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 19:58
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/16274

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