COVID-19 Saliva Testing

COVID-19 Saliva Testing

Saliva COVID-19 tests are here!

Saliva testing is now available for patients who do not have virus symptoms, and who have not had a known exposure to the virus.

Saliva testing is just as accurate as a nasal swab test, with no discomfort. Innovative Express Care is among the first clinics in Chicago to offer this non-invasive virus test. Show up for your appointment, give us a saliva sample, and you are on your way. Please do not eat anything 30 minutes prior to giving your saliva sample. In addition, please do not drink at least 10 minutes prior to giving your saliva sample (no Starbucks while you wait), as it may impact the validity of your results. 

Patients with no symptoms and no known exposure may also choose anterior nasal testing. This is a nasal swab that only goes in the lower nasal cavity. 

Proactive Screening Can Reduce the Spread of COVID-19. 

You may want to schedule a COVID-19 screening (saliva or anterior nasal) if you:

  • Have recently traveled
  • Are planning to visit family or friends
  • Are returning to work
  • Have plans to see family for the holidays
  • Want peace of mind

If you are symptomatic, or have had a known exposure to the virus, we will give you the PCR Swab Test and Rapid COVID-19 test.

For more information about the saliva test, visit our FAQs





Due to the high demand for COVID testing, we may be fully booked. 

COVID of Chicago, an affiliate of Innovative Covid, is offering same day PCR and rapid antigen testing. Covid of Chicago does not take insurance and has self-pay prices on their website.

COVID-19 Saliva Test FAQ

We use the SalivaDirect protocol/methodology, which was created by the Yale School of Public Health, and received emergency use authorization from the FDA. It offers a quick and easy way to test for the virus and produces faster results for patients.

According to Yale School of Medicine, the SalivaDirect test is highly sensitive and accurate in detecting COVID-19 94 percent of the time. The Yale Study also suggests that the SalivaDirect test may be more sensitive than the nasal swab (which is currently the gold standard), as it accurately detected COVID-19 in two cases where the nasal swab did not detect the virus. Innovative Express Care also did our own comparison and the saliva test has a correlation rate of 99 percent with the gold standard, nasopharyngeal PCR swab test.

Saliva test results will be available within 2-3 days.

For right now, we will be giving the saliva test to those who do not have symptoms and those who have not been recently exposed. As we get better data, we may change our protocols, but for now, these are for those who do not have symptoms and those not exposed.
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