Title

Diagnostic Yield of Saliva for SARS-CoV-2 Molecular Testing in Children.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-11-2021

Identifier

DOI: 10.1093/jpids/piab058; PMCID: PMC8344893

Abstract

Pediatric saliva specimen demonstrated high sensitivity (93%) and specificity (96.2%) compared to paired nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS) by Aptima SARS-CoV-2 Assay (Aptima). Viral loads were comparable in both specimen types. Saliva is a safe, noninvasive, and acceptable alternative specimen for SARS-CoV-2 detection in children.

Journal Title

J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc

Volume

10

Issue

10

First Page

967

Last Page

969

MeSH Keywords

COVID-19; Child; Humans; Molecular Diagnostic Techniques; Nasopharynx; SARS-CoV-2; Saliva; Specimen Handling

Keywords

SARS-CoV-2; molecular assay; pediatric; saliva

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