The Univeristy of Melbourne The Royal Melbourne Hopspital

A joint venture between The University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Our Work | COVID-19


Saliva study: Investigating the use of saliva as a non-invasive specimen for the detection of SARS-CoV-2

This project is investigating the use of saliva as a suitable and effective specimen for testing for SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viruses. Results from this project will inform whether saliva can be used as an alternative diagnostic specimen to swab testing, which would reduce the use of swabs, enable members of the public to self-collect their own saliva, and offer further protection to healthcare workers, as it does not involve close contact in the way that swabbing does.

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