Qatar among first countries to launch saliva-based COVID-19 test

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The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced that Qatar has become one of the first countries in the world to launch of a new saliva-based COVID-19 test for all children who require a COVID-19 test, local media reported

The saliva-based test is less intrusive for children as it does not require a swab to be inserted into the nose and back of the throat like the current standard swab.

Saliva tests can be easily completed by transferring saliva from the mouth into a sample pot.

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Studies around the world have been looking at the use of saliva-only swabs and the results have confirmed their effectiveness



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