Saliva is a desirable as a specimen type for SARS-CoV-2 testing because collecting saliva is much easier and less invasive than collecting other sample types. Not only is saliva collection easier, it is also faster, more scalable than swab collection, and also reduces health care workers’ exposure to sick patients. Note that saliva samples need to be collected under observation or by a healthcare provider. A complete automated workflow is also available for testing of saliva samples.
PerkinElmer, Inc. is one of the few entities that manufactures a molecular diagnostic test kit to screen pooled asymptomatic individuals – this capability is at the very heart of a successful COVID-19 testing program1.