Self-Collected Saline Gargle Samples as an Alternative to Health Care Worker-Collected Nasopharyngeal Swabs for COVID-19 Diagnosis in Outpatients Journal Articles uri icon

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  • We assessed the performance, stability, and user acceptability of swab-independent self-collected saliva and saline mouth rinse/gargle sample types for the molecular detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in adults and school-aged children. Outpatients who had recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 or were presenting with suspected COVID-19 were asked to have a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab collected and provide at least one self-collected sample type.


  • Goldfarb, David M
  • Tilley, Peter
  • Al-Rawahi, Ghada N
  • Srigley, Jocelyn A
  • Ford, Geoffrey
  • Pedersen, Heather
  • Pabbi, Abhilasha
  • Hannam-Clark, Stephanie
  • Charles, Marthe
  • Dittrick, Michelle
  • Gadkar, Vijay J
  • Pernica, Jeffrey
  • Hoang, Linda MN

publication date

  • March 19, 2021