School of Medicine develops faster, simpler test for COVID-19

WashU researchers
Washington University has developed a saliva-based test for COVID-19 that is faster and easier than the swab tests currently in use. Chris Sawyer, Lab Manager, and Lauren Burcea, Clinical Lab Manager, work on the program at the Genome Technology Access Center in Cortex One on June 30, 2020. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day.

Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of the virus in a saliva sample, the test does not require special swabs and reagents that have been in short supply.

Developed in collaboration with the biotechnology company Fluidigm, the test could help simplify and expand the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic testing across broad populations. 

Read more at the School of Medicine.