Tested by gargling? Simpler and cheaper than PCR tests, this screening involves gargling your mouth with a small amount of water for about 30 seconds. The faster screening method is as reliable as a conventional nasopharyngeal test.
This is a new screening method which has already been adopted in the Czech Republic. After nasopharyngeal, salivary or blood tests and even those that use the breath under study, it is also possible to detect the virus by gargling.
As reported by Futura Santé, simpler and cheaper than the nasopharyngeal test, this test consists of gargling the mouth with water for about thirty seconds, then spitting out the liquid into a container that has an identification number.
Covid-19: Tested by gargling the mouth?
Quick and painless, all we have to do is drop off the sample in a laboratory after completing an online form. “You can do it at home, that’s the advantage, and besides it does not hurt the nose“, confides a musician of the Czech philharmonic orchestra, who can thus play without mask after having been screened.
Czech scientists claim that the cheaper and faster screening method is as reliable as a conventional nasopharyngeal test. “The test tube contains a powder that helps stabilize the virus for several days at room temperature which is the main difference as compared to other Covid-19 tests, where samples must be transported and stored at low temperature,” says Marian Hajduch, director of the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine on the Euronews site.
The gargle test has already started to be tested in Quebec since early December to increase the number of screenings. Note that this method of screening by gargling requires you not to drink, eat, smoke or chew gum during the 15 minutes preceding the test.