To: UK Government

Offer non-invasive coronavirus saliva tests instead of nasal swabs for children

Offer non-invasive coronavirus saliva tests instead of nasal swabs for children

Please offer the option of saliva testing for coronavirus instead of the invasive nasal swab for young children and those older that require it.

Why is this important?

Non-invasive saliva tests are available and can be purchased privately for a fee.

Young children (and older children/adults with a range of other conditions) can find invasive swabbing incredibly traumatic.

Parents are now less likely to take their children for a PCR nasal swab as children can find it so traumatic and consequently parents (particularly when alone) can find it challenging to get an accurate swab.

Please support us in our petition to provide saliva testing for coronavirus instead of the invasive nasal swab for young children and those older that require it.

More children would then be tested resulting in less traumatic experiences for them and more accurate results to protect the wider population.

Why, when these tests are available, are they not offered yet?