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Nasal Vs Saliva Covid-19 Testing

Sushil Singh | 16 December, 2020


          
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COVID-19 is an upper respiratory infection that is absolutely devastating to the body. The virus can be detected in respiratory droplets in the nose and saliva, which incidentally is how the highly infectious virus is spread. If you are to be tested for COVID-19, you are looking at either a nasal or an oral test. Below is a summary on the procedure surrounding each testing method. 

Nasal Testing: 

If the test you are given is nasal, it will consist of a medical professional inserting a long cotton swab (like a Q-tip) up into your nose in order to swab your throat. You will be asked to tilt your head back at a 45 degree angle. The swab will then be inserted into your nose and swirled around a few times. Some people find the sensation very uncomfortable, others describe it as mildly as having water run up your nose when you jump into a pool. Your biological sample will then be isolated in a sterile environment until it can be brought to a lab for testing. It is common for testing officials to only ask you to lower your mask to below your nose. They will prefer to keep your mouth covered since they will be close to your face as they administer the test and they want to reduce their own likelihood of contracting the disease. Depending on your testing site, the amount of virus in your system, and the capacity of the testing lab your sample is sent to, your results could come back in minutes or it could take days. 

Saliva Testing: 

If the test you are given is saliva, it will consist of you spitting about one teaspoon saliva in the tube. With citation bioscience you can do the testing in your office or at home. The entire process is over quickly, and you will be asked to mask up again right away. Depending on your testing site, the amount of virus in your system, and the capacity of the testing lab your sample is sent to, your results could come back in minutes or it could take days. 

It is important to know what you are in for when visiting a COVID-19 testing site. Remember that the other people at the site might be currently sick with COVID-19, including the people administering the test. Keep your mask on at all times, unless a professional asks you to lower it or remove it in order to actually administer the test, and stay as far apart from others as you can. Make sure you ask about how and when you will receive your results. COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease, but if we all take the recommended precautions, get tested when necessary, and behave responsibly, then we should be able to turn the corner on this disease.

With the at home or at office tests from citation bioscience you do not need to visit any test site and conduct these test from your home or offices.