Haute Autorita de Sainte (HAS) favors payment of RT-PCR tests on saliva samples, especially in the context of large-scale targeted screening, such as school, and possible second-line nasopharyngeal swab in contact cases. No, underlines the authority in a press release.
The HAS recommends such testing, especially for iterative or repeated screening, in target populations such as schools, universities, nursing homes, or even nursing staff, it adds.
The saliva sample may be taken in a supportive manner or in the medical biology laboratory, at home or at the screening site as a self-sample. This should be done 30 minutes after the last drink, meal, cigarette (or e-cigarette). , Brushing teeth or oral rinsing. And the samples collected should be stored in a dry, sterile vial at room temperature, the authorization continues.
Jean Cateaux first noted her interest in caregivers, setting a target of at least 200,000 tests per week, “populations that are obliged to test themselves frequently”. It should be noted that these are not rapid tests, such as antigen testing, and the time frame for results is similar to the RT-PCR test.
As a warning, HAS had already issued a favorable opinion on September 18 for the diagnosis of symptomatic patients in the second line, recommending preference to nasopharyngeal RT-PCR testing, but further if a salivary RT. Collection is difficult or impossible for resorting to PCR testing.