FDA Approves University Of Illinois COVID Saliva Test

A new rapid saliva test is non-invasive, reportedly 98 percent accurate, has a faster turnaround, and is even cheaper than the standard nasal swab test.

COVID-19 testing continues to be a crucial part of the U.S. strategy to combat the virus.
COVID-19 testing continues to be a crucial part of the U.S. strategy to combat the virus.

FDA Approves University Of Illinois COVID Saliva Test

A new rapid saliva test is non-invasive, reportedly 98 percent accurate, has a faster turnaround, and is even cheaper than the standard nasal swab test.

Being hailed as “groundbreaking,” the rapid saliva test developed by the University of Illinois’ SHIELD team received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Monday. Reset talks with one of the leaders of U of I’s SHIELD team about how the test works and why it’s a gamechanger.

GUEST: Dr. Martin Burke, professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois