Red Cross Warns Against Scam Sellers of COVID Saliva Test

Don't be fooled.
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The Philippine Red Cross on Thursday warned against scammers claiming to sell self-administered COVID-19 saliva test kits, adding it was the only body authorized to administer the type of test locally.

cheaper and painless alternative, the Department of Health earlier authorized the Red Cross to offer COVID-19 saliva tests to help ramp up screening for the virus.

"Muli po naming ipinapaalala na tanging ang Philippine Red Cross Saliva RT-PCR test lamang ang aprubado ng Department of Health. Wala pong self-testing kits na ibinebenta ang PRC," the Red Cross said in a statement.

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The PRS said saliva samples from its collection sites are brought and processed in reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction laboratories.


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Earlier, the Department of Health also warned against buying self-administered COVID-19 test kits, saying such products were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


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