Portuguese Covid-19 saliva test awarded by pediatricians

© Joana Carvalho, IGC 2020

The research, led by the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência and which brought together the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central (CHULC) – Hospital Dona Estefânia Hospital and the Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando da Fonseca, demonstrated that saliva can be used effectively in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV- 2. The saliva test developed, combined with a molecular PCR test, has a sensitivity similar to that of current tests with nasopharyngeal samples and substantially superior to that of rapid antigen tests.

The SPP Grand Prize, a distinction from the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics, was awarded during the last annual congress, held at the end of October.

Check the latest news in the press about the award (in Portuguese):

in Expresso

in Jornal de Notícias

in News Farma

in Sapo