They look like lollipops in all aspects and can only stay in the mouth for one minute, but in essence, they are saliva tests, and their reliability is very close to that of nasopharyngeal swabs. Easy to use for pediatric screening, they represent a less invasive and simpler alternative to use in schools.
They are similar to “lollipops” and are a less invasive alternative to nasopharyngeal swabs used to diagnose Covid-19 in children.The turning point in the field of screening began today in Germany, just in North Rhine-Westphalia, where there are nearly 3,800 elementary and special schools with 730,000 students Will be tested This new tool twice a week.
“Lollipop” test can be used to diagnose Covid
The main difference is that compared to the “cotton swabs” that look for traces of the virus in the nose and throat, this is a less annoying test, so Easier to use But according to the experiments carried out so far, it is still reliable.The results are published in Frontiers of MedicineIt means that the reliability of using a buffer is very similar to that of using the same reagents and machinery used for classical molecular testing, which can reach 98-99%.
The real revolution in the fight against the coronavirus, because children under the age of 11 will not start vaccinating before autumn, the advantage is that it can minimize the risk of school infection and improve the safety of face-to-face teaching activities. But how does this new test work?
How the new test works
Essentially, the exam includes Saliva test Fix it in the mouth with a stick with a sponge at the end for only one minute, then insert it into a sterile test tube, and then send it to the laboratory for analysis.At least this is a test procedure implemented in Germany, which was also adopted initially So-called poolingOr group analysis. Several samples are then mixed and checked at the same time: if the analysis shows positives in a certain pool, each sample will be checked to detect which ones are positive.
The ease of exit and investigative strategies make it a reality The new “Lollipop” It is easy to screen at the pediatric age, so that the health work is concentrated on children. If they are infected with this disease, their condition is not as good as adults, and they are usually asymptomatic, but it is more dangerous to keep the undiscovered virus spreading active and increase the risk of origin Variant.