Saliva Based COVID Test Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a saliva-based COVID-19 test developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Governor Parson made the announcement during a press conference in Jefferson City.

Governor Parson calls the development a game-changer.

The testing allows people to collect their own saliva samples, unlike nasal and throat swab tests that require the work of healthcare employees. It also frees up a shortage of certain lab supplies required to process samples – ultimately saving some money.

The university says the test is faster and simpler than the uncomfortable nasal, oral swab tests.