CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A new type of COVID-19 test is on the market and may change the way we detect the virus.
MicroGEMa Virginia-based molecular biology company with a Charlottesville office, uses its new saliva test to track COVID-19.
“It does not require a technician who is in training to take a nasal swab, and it is a more pleasant test to contribute. It is a non-invasive type of test, ”said MicroGEM VP Corporate Strategic Development and Investor Relations Peter Lee on Tuesday, April 19th.
The company now has an emergency use permit for its MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 saliva test, which provides results for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at the care site.
“There is a lot of literature now that shows that saliva is also beneficial as a sample type because the virus presents itself in a particular saliva sample earlier than it does in a nasal inoculation. And so if you are trying to detect people that could potentially be transmitted earlier , then saliva is really a good test for that, Lee said.
Lee says that the PCR test remains the gold standard: “PCR tests are really what you want to use when you want a really affirmative test that tells you that you are not just … more likely than not, but that it is in fact a diagnostic it will tell you close to definitive whether you are infected or not, ”he said.
This saliva test takes 27 minutes to get your results.
“We want them to be comfortable,” said MicroGEM Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Lianne Landers. “So if it’s a routine saliva test that makes it really easy for people to say, ‘yes, I can embrace that. It’s so much easier. ”
The company plans to roll out this test nationwide and hopes to apply saliva tests to other diseases further down the road.
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