Qatar introduces saliva-based COVID-19 testing for children

It is not as intrusive as the swab test

Qatar introduces saliva-based COVID-19 testing for children

Qatar has introduced saliva-based coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for children, becoming one of the first countries in the world to do so.

The test is less intrusive than the current one, which requires a swab to be inserted into the nose and at the back of the throat.

According to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), “Studies around the world have been looking at the use of saliva only swabs and results have confirmed their effectiveness.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that the MoPH would be conducting random COVID-19 tests on students. 

The MoPH said at the time that testing is not mandatory and will be subject to parental consent.

Schools across Qatar have adopted a blended learning approach, with kids attending school in person just one or two days a week.

The attendance per day will be 30 percent of full capacity, and classes will have a maximum of 15 students.

Desks will be arranged to keep a distance of 1.5 m between students, and face masks will be mandatory for preparatory and high school students.

You can keep up to date with all the latest school updates in our kids section.

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