Saliva-based testing site opens at SM Megamall

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A saliva-based reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing site was opened yesterday at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said.

The “drive-thru” collection site is the second of its kind after the first one that opened at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Saliva-based testing is reported to be easier to perform with lesser protection gear needed for those administering the testing and lesser discomfort compared to the swabbing technique.

And the saliva RT-PCR test is more affordable since it only costs P2,000 compared to the swab test’s P3,400 price tag. 

Upon arrival at the testing site, those who will be tested need to personally put their saliva specimen (around 1 to 2 milliliters) in the collection kit.

Before testing, it is advised to not wear any lipstick to avoid discoloration. Eating, drinking, gargling, and smoking 30 minutes before testing is prohibited.

Test results will be sent via email and can be tracked at the PRC website.

Senator Richard Gordon, who is also PRC chairman, said that testing is key even if there is already a vaccine, and it should never stop.

For those who would like to undergo saliva RT-PCR testing, just visit book.redcross1158.com to schedule an appointment and secure a retrieval code that will be asked by testing staff at the site for verification. A valid ID is also needed for purposes of scanning and system upload, according to the PRC.

(Photo credit:Twitter.com – @DickGordonDG)

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