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It is already used in more than 20 countries in the world, according to France 3. However, in France, the saliva test has not been deployed on a large scale, despite its validation by the High Authority of Health (HAS) on November 28 latest. At the beginning of December, the president of the Grand Est region, Jean Rottner, even campaigned for its more intensive use, especially after the end of the year holiday period, when the region is encountering an alarming increase in contaminations of Covid cases. 19. Why then is the government reluctant to generalize this kind of testing?
First, you have to know what you’re talking about. “The virological saliva test is only one way to take the sample”, explains to L’Express Vincent Calvez, head of the virology department of Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris. It thus differs from the test by nasopharyngeal swab, by the nostrils, which can be considered as unpleasant and invasive. What is wrong with saliva tests is the reliability of the result, especially in asymptomatic people.
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