Implementing saline gargle sample collection for COVID-19 testing

Implementing saline gargle sample collection for COVID-19 testing

By Meghan McLennan, BSc, MLT/ David Goldfarb, MD, FRCPC/ Michael Donoghue/ Linda M.N. Hoang, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

British Columbia was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to implement a saline rinse-gargle (“saline gargle”) collection method for COVID-19 testing. In September 2020, collection centres across BC started offering saline gargle as an alternative to nasopharyngeal (NP) swab for school-aged children and youth.