British scientists develop new saliva test for Covid-19 that is ‘simpler and easier than nasal swabs’ and could make testing at home a reality


A two-step spit test has been created which can identify if a person is infected with the coronavirus in less than two hours.

Developers of the so-called ‘Insight’ test from the Wellcome Sanger Institute say their proof-of-concept design could easily be scaled up and would be easier to use than the current swab system.

The sensitivity of the process is akin to that of the PCR lab tests from nasal swabs which are widely considered to be the ‘gold-standard’, researchers say.

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