Health Canada approves saliva-based COVID-19 test that can be done at home

 

Health Canada has approved a new, saliva-based COVID-19 test that users can take from the comfort of their homes.

The test, manufactured by P23 Labs, is the first of its kind that has been approved by Health Canada--it allows users to self-collect an oral fluid sample at home with or without support from a clinician via telemedicine (it can also be taken in an assisted living setting, or at a doctor’s office).

“P23 Labs was founded to remove healthcare barriers and serve the underserved. The availability of non-invasive at-home COVID-19 testing in Canada was extremely sparse, with no saliva specimen collection devices for specific SARS-CoV-2 assays approved," Tre’Na Weeks, COO for P23 Labs, said in a news release.

"We are extremely excited to be able to provide Canada with a test that not only reduces the risk of spread of COVID-19 by keeping patients at home while they test, but a test that is easy to use, affordable, and convenient. Saliva testing for COVID-19 leads the way to early detection, yields accurate results, and fosters a pain-free test collection method," Weeks continued.

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