SM Supermalls opens 6 more RT-PCR test saliva collection sites

As the country faces a surge of Covid-19 cases, it is important to get tested to keep one’s self and people around safe.

In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), SM Supermalls has opened more drive-thru collection sites to provide accessible, faster and noninvasive Covid-19 test.

“Aside from providing essentials during these times, SM aims to help keep shoppers safe and healthy. With the alarming increase of Covid-19 cases, we wanted to provide a convenient and easily accessible way for the community to get tested,” SM Supermalls President Steven Tan said.

Apart from SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia which were the first two collection sites to open, saliva RT-PCR drive-thru collection are now also available at SM City Fairview, SM Southmall, SM City Puerto Princesa and SM City Cebu.

The said locations will only serve as specimen collection sites for the saliva RT-PCR test and these samples will be forwarded to the Red Cross laboratories for testing. Those who will undergo testing should not eat, drink or smoke for 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment.

The Saliva RT-PCR test has a 98.11 percent accuracy rate. It is also PCR-based which is the gold standard testing for Covid-19. It has been approved by the Department of Health and was thoroughly studied and researched by the University of Illinois and the University of the Philippines.

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Source: The Manila Times