The RT-PCR nasal swab is the gold standard of Covid-19 tests and can be quickly administered by DIY kits or a medical professional. However, the test requires a fluid sample to be collected from the patient’s nasal cavity, which can be uncomfortable for many people – especially children. Fortunately, the SalivaDirect Covid-19 test circumvents this problem without compromising the accuracy of results. Here, we discuss how this test works and some common questions.
What is the SalivaDirect Covid-19 test?
SalivaDirect is a qRT-PCR test that uses a sample of a person’s saliva to determine if a person has a current infection of Covid-19. This test is designed to detect DNA from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The SalivaDirect test must be administered by a medical professional and is not available for DIY use.
What are the benefits of this test?
One of the most appealing aspects of the SalivaDirect test is that it is not invasive, unlike nasal swab tests. This may make it an ideal alternative to people who are very sensitive or young children. The test itself is a fast process since the individual needs only provide a small amount of saliva in the provided tube.
While this test is more comfortable, it is also very accurate. The manufacturer reports a 94% accuracy rate that is comparable with its nasal swab cousin, so you don’t have to worry about compromising the accuracy of your results.
How long do you have to wait for results?
The SalivaDirect Covid-19 test must be sent to a laboratory for processing just like the RT-PCR test, and results are generally available within 3 business days.
What is the difference between the RT-PCR and qRT-PCR tests?
Although this test is similar to the nasal swab RT-PCR test and uses many of the same processes, these tests are slightly different.
qRT-PCR does not require RNA to be extracted from the sample in order for it to be converted to DNA, while RT-PCR tests require this separation. After RNA has been converted to DNA, both tests amplify the sample using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in order to detect the presence of the virus.
When should you get tested for Covid-19?
Getting tested is an effective way of helping prevent Covid-19 from spreading. By knowing if you’re sick, you can know when it’s time to self-isolate and inform those you’ve recently been in contact with so they can take the appropriate steps as well.
You should get tested if…
- You have flu-like symptoms
- You’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 (even if you don’t have symptoms, as you could be an asymptomatic carrier)
- You’ve spent time around people who are not socially distancing or wearing masks
- You’ve recently traveled to an area with high community transmission and want to take extra precautions to protect someone in a vulnerable group at home
- You plan to visit someone in a vulnerable group and want to help keep them safe
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In-Home SalivaDirect Tests With Drip Hydration
If you want a SalivaDirect Covid-19 test but don’t want to wait in line at a testing center or a clinic, Drip Hydration brings your appointment directly to your home. Our registered nurse will administer the test to individuals or groups of up to 5 people in a single appointment. Your results will then be available within 3 business days of your test. If you do test positive, our team will provide medical guidance as to your next steps to keep those around you safe and healthy.
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