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Saskatoon Dentist and Researcher Pushing for Saliva Test to Detect COVID-19

March 2, 2020
by CTV News

A dentist and researcher is working at the University of Saskatchewan to develop a test to detect the corona virus, now known as COVID-19, in saliva.

Walter Siqueira, who is also the associate dean of the College of Dentistry, said he is hoping this test will provide a quick way to identify the rapidly spreading virus.

Siqueira said he has helped develop saliva tests for Zika virus and HIV in the past, adding that this one would work in a similar way.

“We envision basically having some kind of swab to collect the saliva. Could be a method that changes the colour like a pregnancy test, that says you have the virus present in your saliva or not,” he said.

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