Syracuse Spits Out New COVID-19 Testing Method

There will be no more swabbing at Syracuse. It’ll be more like just spitting.

According to Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie, the university is swapping swabbing for a form of “minimally invasive” COVID-19 testing.

“Over the past month Syracuse University has been working to enhance the speed, scale and responsiveness of our testing protocol,” Haynie said in a campus-wide email, via The Daily Orange.

Individuals who undergo this form of testing can’t eat, drink or brush their teeth for 30 minutes prior to, uh, salivating.

Syracuse used to swab to collect the saliva. But The Daily Orange described the new method this way:

“Saliva samples will be ‘deposited directly’ into a plastic tube in the new testing method, Haynie said. SU will share more information about how the tests will be administered in the coming weeks.”

Deposited directly? Sounds like a spitting good time.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Reportedly, the PCR test has too many false positives. Accordingly, if this virus is so contagious, why would you have to reach into your head, an inch from your brain to obtain a sample. Following this logic, shouldn’t we all be stuffing cotton up our noses to lower to spread. Masks just aren’t effective enough, nose plugs for all!!

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