UAE: Saliva Covid-19 tests instead of PCR for some patients


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Health authorities in Abu Dhabi have specified four categories of residents who can opt for a saliva test instead of the nasal test to detect Covid-19.

The four categories are:

  • Children aged below 12 years.
  • Those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Some in-patients.
  • The elderly.

Doctors and officials said saliva testing is a reliable alternative to detecting the virus and is less invasive. Saliva samples are more reliable to detect the virus in the early stages.


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