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Indianapolis company working on COVID-19 saliva test

US clears first saliva test to help diagnose new virus
Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 10:13:39-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis company is seeking to change how COVID-19 testing is done.

Aria Diagnostics is working on a saliva test. Saliva testing is seen as an easier way to get samples from people than the current nasal test, which some people have said is uncomfortable.

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The nasal test is a standard method for health providers nationwide to determine COVID-19. This sort of testing is typically used during drive-through testing venues.

Aria Diagnostics believes saliva testing is possible.

"The real reason it's a game-changer is one it's noninvasive, and it gets to go to markets where we may not have medical staff to institute nasal forensics swab, so that's huge," Zak Khan, co-founder of Aria Diagnostics, said.

Aria Diagnostics is hoping to share developments on the potential for saliva tests in a matter of weeks.

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