The Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter now accepts saliva testing in Boracay Island.
Saliva tests typically require patients to spit into a tube, making them far less invasive than the current nose and throat swab collection methods for COVID-19.
Compared to the current swab collection, the saliva test is quicker, more scalable, and would lessen the exposure for health care workers, Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert said.
According to the Philippine Red Cross, the processing time of the saliva test only takes three to four hours, unlike the swab test which takes about 12 hours for the result to come out.
The operation will begin on April 22, 2021, starting from 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm every Thursday.
Roll-out dates and hours can also be extended depending on the demand of the communities.
In addition, the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter said that they also accept group bookings for the efficiency and convenience of travelers going to the island.
A single saliva-based RT-PCR test can cost around P2,000, which is cheaper than the swab test RT-PCR test while yielding the same accurate results.
The use of the saliva-based RT-PCR test can significantly increase the number of people screening. Broader testing can lead to more effective control of the spread of the virus.
Those interested in making an appointment can contact through (036) 288-2068.
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