(CBS News) The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a faster and easier test for the coronavirus. The SalivaDirect test was developed for people who have no COVID symptoms. It’s thought to be about 90 percent as accurate as other tests using nose and throat swabs.
The developers expect up to 200,000 samples a day could be processed.
And helping to bring the test to market? The National Basketball Association.
Before checking into their isolated Orlando bubble with its daily COVID tests, some NBA players and staff volunteered to give saliva samples along with their standard nose and throat swabs.