The Philippine Red Cross is going to conduct saliva-based Covid19 testing trials in order to determine it is acceptable in the Philippine milieu.
PRC chairman Richard Gordon this effort is part of the pilot study to determine a faster, cheaper and less invasive type of Covid testing for Filipinos.
During as previous meeting of the national anti-Covid task force, President Duterte had expressed preference for the saliva-based testing, if it is proven efficacious, as the gold standard RT-PCR test being used by the Department of Health is quite uncomfortable when it is being administered.
The saliva test is seen as a cheaper and faster alternative to RT-PCR because all that is needed is to spit in a sterile vial which would then be sent off to the laboratory, and the results of the spit sample will be available in about three hours.
Gordon said the best mitigating factor for saliva testing is that it costs considerably less at around P2,000 or less, compared to the present rates of the RT-PCR which is around P4,000-plus.
Mr. Duterte said he hates the RT-PCR because it is very uncomfortable when the swab stick is stuck inside his nostril, not to mention painful.
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