Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

December 3, 2020

Pooled Saliva Specimens for SARS-CoV-2 Testing



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  • A prospective study of pooled saliva specimens for RT-PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 yielded lower sensitivity compared to nasopharyngeal (NP) or mid-turbinate (MT) swabs, but adequate detection in samples with high viral loads. Saliva specimens had 81.8% positive agreement with NP swabs, which rose to 90.0% positive agreement among samples with moderate to high viral load (Ct ≤34) in an analysis comparing 459 paired NP and MT swabs from 449 symptomatic individuals.

Barat et al. (Dec 1, 2020). Pooled Saliva Specimens for SARS-CoV-2 Testing. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.