Gargled water may be alternative to swabs for Covid-19 sampl
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A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that gargle lavage may be a feasible alternative to swabs for sample collection for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.

The objective of the study was to assess agreement between gargle lavage and swab as an appropriate respiratory sample for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. And to assess the patient acceptability of the two sampling methods.

Key Findings:

~ Preliminary results of the study show that the gargle lavage may be a viable alternative to swabs for sample collection for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.

~ Adoption of gargle lavage for sample collection will have a significant impact as it will enable easy self-collection, relieve healthcare workers and also lead to substantial cost savings by reducing the need for swabs and personal protective equipment.

~ All gargle samples were positive and comparable to their corresponding swab samples irrespective of the symptoms and duration of illness.

~ The majority (72%) of the patients reported moderate to severe discomfort with swab collection in comparison to 24 per cent reporting only mild discomfort with gargle collection.

~ Swab collection has several drawbacks also as it requires training, exposes the healthcare workers (HCWs) to the virus-containing aerosols and has poor patient acceptability and is resource-intensive.

Source:http://www.ijmr.org.in/temp/IndianJMedRes000-5214113_142901.pdf
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Dr. R●●●●h  b●●u
Dr. R●●●●h b●●u General Medicine
Thats very good,many can be tested,as taking nasopharyngeal swab is very discomfort.
Aug 22, 2020Like2
Dr. L●●l S●●●●●a
Dr. L●●l S●●●●●a General Medicine
Better will be with gargle method. Easier also for collecting without help of asistant.
Sep 13, 2020Like