Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have started testing a self-developed testing method, where you take saliva samples yourself – without health personnel being involved.
A total of 150 NTNU students are taking part in the trial, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports.
Professor Eivind Almaas at NTNU says the method can free up resources in the health system – and make it possible to carry out testing on a completely different scale than what we have seen so far.
“It will also be possible to run a proactive testing strategy where we test people before symptoms appear. Then we can break the chains of infection early,” Almaas said.
According to chief medical officer Andreas Christensen at St. Olav’s hospital, the tests are very reliable.
That means that the risk of incorrect test results with saliva samples is small.
Assistant director of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, Espen Nakstad, says that intensive work has been done to launch saliva sample tests since March last year.
Now it looks like we can get it implemented in several weeks, Nakstad said.
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