covid-19

DUTERTE BACKS USE OF SALIVA TEST

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is in favor of using saliva tests to detect COVID-19

President Rodrigo Duterte is in favor of using saliva tests to detect COVID-19, because he feels uncomfortable every time he undergoes swab testing, which involves probing the nasal cavity.

Saliva test results deemed are said to be 99  percent reliable compared to the invasive RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test .

“I couldn’t help cursing every time my nasal cavity is probed because it hurts. I have to open my mouth wide. Gordon said saliva swabbing is 99 percent reliable, so we should use that,” Duterte said during his Talk to the Nation on Monday night.

                          

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