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Posted On: 14 September 2020 11:23 am
Updated On: 15 September 2020 12:24 pm

Qatar now one of the first countries in the world to launch new saliva-based COVID-19 test for children: MoPH

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The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has announced that Qatar has become one of the first countries in the world to launch a new saliva-based COVID-19 test for all children who require a COVID-19 test.

According to MoPH, the saliva-based test is less intrusive for children as it does not require a swab test to be inserted into the nose and the back of the throat like the current standard swab.

"Saliva tests can be easily completed by transferring saliva from the mouth into a sample pot. Studies around the world have been looking at the use of saliva only swabs and the results have confirmed their effectiveness," the Ministry added.

Source: Ministry of Public Health