Alumni Division Announcements

Washington University develops COVID-19 saliva test

Test is faster, simpler than nasal, oral swab tests and enables screening on a massive scale

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day. Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of the virus in a saliva sample, the test does not require special swabs and reagents that have been in short supply.

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We thank all who participated in this massive team effort with many faculty and staff members from multiple departments and institutes working together under very challenging timelines, including our ID division team members:

Department of Medicine:
Bill Powderly, MD
Jane O’Halloran MD, PhD
Clay Dunagan, MD
Michael Klebert PhD
Lisa Kessels, Nurse Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator, ID-CRU and ACTU
AJ Winingham, Community Outreach Coordinator