Canada begins its COVID-19 gargle testing in British Columbia (B.C.) since its announcement on Thursday, September 17. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said that the results of the gargle test are the same as from the swab tests; however, they are easier to test on children. “This is a new saline gargle where you put a little bit of normal saline, so sterile water, in your mouth and you swish it around a little bit and you spit it into a little tube and that’s an easier way to collect it for young people,” explained Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer. B.C. prioritizes children aged 4 to 19 for the gargle test for now, but aims to expand it to adults in the coming weeks. The testing became in-demand when a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. stated that children with mild to no symptoms can spread the virus. Canada has had a 123% increase in COVID-19 cases of patients aged 39 and below since August, but the country’s positivity rate remains at 1.4% due to the new gargle test.