Testing saliva samples of every Canadian on a routine basis could help decrease COVID-19 infections, sickness and deaths.
Researchers at McMaster University are studying the saliva-based testing procedures that would enable this on a large scale. They are developing high-capacity testing procedures—which could be done in university labs—to enable large-scale testing of asymptomatic people to better identify cases, isolate infected individuals and limit the virus’s spread.
The goal is to gain a better understanding of how to produce saliva-based tests on a commercial scale, the logistics involved in using them and how testing might impact workplaces such as universities, industry and long-term care homes.
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