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UGA Adapts New COVID-19 Saliva-Based Test Amid Ongoing Health Crisis

Dr. Susan Sanchez, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Jesse Hostetter, the Barry G. Harmon Professor of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, join “Closer Look” to discuss adapting a new COVID-19 saliva-based test and its effectiveness.
Dr. Susan Sanchez, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Georgia, and Dr. Jesse Hostetter, the Barry G. Harmon Professor of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, join “Closer Look” to discuss adapting a new COVID-19 saliva-based test and its effectiveness.

Scientists and researchers from the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories recently adapted a COVID-19 saliva-based test.

“Everybody has worked together like they never have before, sharing information, sharing data and sequences, which has allowed us to start really with diagnostic tests to know what the virus was,” said Susan Sanchez, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Georgia.

Sanchez, section head of microbiology and molecular biology in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Laboratory, and Jesse Hostetter, the Barry G. Harmon Professor of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the executive director of the Tifton and Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, were guests on Friday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

Both guests talked with show host Rose Scott about several coronavirus-related topics, including vaccinations, the process of adapting the COVID-19 saliva-based test and its effectiveness.

They also discussed the importance of COVID-19 testing on the university’s campus as a way to keep students, staff and faculty safe amid the ongoing health crisis.

Guests:

  • Susan Sanchez, professor of infectious diseases and section head of microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Jesse Hostetter, Barry G. Harmon Professor of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the executive director of the Tifton and Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories

To listen to the full conversation, please click the audio player above.