Updated: Jul 2
The new normal is filled with constant adjustments and innovation towards improving defense against COVID-19 by countries all over the world. Aside from the implementation of health and safety protocols, collective strategic efforts are being directed to multiple solutions surrounding coronavirus such as providing disinfection packages for residential and commercial areas and making testing less invasive to be more comfortable and accessible to many.
On January 24, 2021, a laboratory experts panel of the Philippine government authorized the use of a new testing method to ramp up the ongoing attempts in identifying, tracing, and isolating COVID cases in hopes of curbing its continuous growth. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at a briefing that the government’s laboratory experts panel has agreed to allow saliva testing for the new coronavirus.