Covid-19: Strong connection Between Patients With High Viral Load In Saliva And Later Hospitalisation/Death

Several research groups have recently discovered a striking correlation between patients with high levels of Covid-19 in their saliva and those that experience severe and potentially deadly symptoms.

Researchers led by Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale, compared the viral load present in saliva to that of nasopharyngeal samples in its ability to predict severity of Covid-19 symptoms:

“We found that saliva viral load was significantly higher in those with COVID-19 risk factors; that it correlated with increasing levels of disease severity and showed a superior ability over nasopharyngeal viral load as a predictor of mortality over time”

The findings have the potential to be utilised as a marker by which health professionals could prioritise Covid-19 patients in the coming future.

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