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2,000 volunteers needed to evaluate rapid COVID-19 saliva test

August 13, 2020

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University is seeking 2,000 university employees or students to volunteer for a study to evaluate the feasibility of large-scale, rapid COVID-19 saliva testing. An earlier pilot run of the saliva test involved 500 volunteers. The new study will assess the ability to test a large number of people for COVID-19 and return positive results.

The test uses a saliva sample that is collected by spitting in a vial. The research study has been approved by Washington University’s Institutional Review Board, and volunteers will need to sign a consent form to participate.

To volunteer for the study, visit a screening site:

  • Medical Campus, at employee screening tables:
    — Aug. 17 and 18, beginning at 6 a.m., Shell Café, Mid Campus Center (link level) and the BJC Institute of Health (street level).
    — Aug. 19, beginning at 6 a.m., Center for Advanced Medicine; the building at 4444 Forest Park Avenue; and BJC Institute of Health (street level).
  • Danforth Campus:
    — Aug. 18 and 19, 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Anheuser Busch Hall.