Are there figures on the proportion of the student body engaging with Saliva testing? Could they be published?
My understanding is that the tests are appreciably more sensitive than rapid lateral flow tests while maintaining high specificity, hence the continuation of the programme. I get the strong impression than the convenience of LFTs has led to a drop off in saliva testing. If this is the case we would seem to be missing the opportunity to catch cases earlier and hence reduce the impact of covid on the student community.
Hello - thanks so much for getting in touch. I've reached out to the University's saliva testing programme team, and will be in touch with a response in due course.
Friday 14th Jan 2022 9:32am