Articles worth reading

Metro News

Red Cross pushes saliva test 

account_balanceMetro News account_circleRainier Eubra chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said it expects the government to give its approval this week to the holding of saliva tests for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to a report by Manila Times.

PRC molecular laboratory head Dr. Paulyn Ubial said the agency was hopeful that the Department of Health  and the Food and Drug Administration would authorize the saliva tests, which she said proved to be “closest to the swab test” in terms of accuracy.

“The saliva [test] has an accuracy of 98.11 percent,” Ubial said in a radio interview.

Advertisement

The humanitarian organization finished the pilot run of saliva tests that involved more than 1,000 people as part of a validation study, a requirement laid down by the government. Of those tested, nine were found positive for Covid-19, 1,044 were negative, while 27 specimens will undergo a “rerun” because the machine could not read the result.

Once approved, other laboratories could also conduct saliva tests, as long as they use the same reagent the PRC used in its validation study.

“There is no patent and rights,” Ubial said. “It is a public document and it can be done by any laboratory. But if they are using different reagents they would have to do the same validation study that we did.”

Aside from the Red Cross, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine is also conducting its own study on saliva testing.

PRC chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said the saliva test will only cost around P2,000 while a swab test costs around P4,000. The turnaround time for saliva test is faster at less than 12 hours compare to the 24 hours for swab tests.

Ubial said that the Red Cross will continue to do swab tests.

“It still has its use because swab test is our gold standard,” she explained. “But the thing is, we now have the cheaper, faster, more convenient alternative, which is just as accurate as the swab tests.”


date_rangeDate Published
8 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Covid cases rise 21,261 on Sept. 16

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

The overall tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recoveries nationwide rose to 2,090,228, with another 13,644 new recovered cases on Sept. 16, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the Department o...

QC administers over 3 million Covid-19 vaccine doses 

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The Quezon City government has breached the 3-million mark in Covid-19 doses it has administered, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. As of Wednesday, the city government has already administered a total of 3,035,543 Covid-19 vaccines, ...

CTTO

PAGASA watches 2 weather systems 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Cloudy skies and rains are expected over the western section of the country due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and a low-pressure area (LPA) embedded along the ITCZ, a weather forecaster said in a report by Philippine News Agency. ...

Meralco, DTI team up to keep lights on for MSMEs 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode6 days ago

THE Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) renewed its partnership that assures no micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are left behind in keeping their lights on amid the pandemic. “This collab...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
×
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature