A new test could soon allow you to get tested for COVID-19 from the comfort of your own home.
If approved by Health Canada and the province, Dr. David Colby, Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health, is willing to use a new saliva test.
The test would allow residents to collect saliva samples and send them to a lab, rather than having to go to the doctors or a testing clinic.
While it sounds ideal, Colby added there is work to be done. The saliva tests can’t be used until they get the necessary federal approvals. Additionally, Public Health Ontario must sign off on the tests before they are marketed for use and distributed across the province.
Colby admitted there are still unanswered questions surrounding the test, perhaps leading to the delay.
“Molecular tests tend to be quite accurate, but it’s whether they are good at picking it up or not,” said Colby. “If you get a positive result, it’s usually a good one unless you misapply the test to a low-frequency population.”
Despite believing more people will feel comfortable with the at-home, less invasive test, he is adamant he will endorse the test if he’s satisfied that all of the technical aspects are acceptable.
“Doing a test on saliva is certainly a lot less invasive than having a tiny skinny swab put to the back of your nose, said Colby. “I think most people would rather spit into a tube than have that done.”
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News