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SARS CoV-2 (synonyms: COVID-19, novel coronavirus)

Category Virology
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PCR test for the new coronavirus, the disease is known as COVID-19

Clinical Indications

Patients presenting with respiratory tract disease, and fulfilling the PHE criteria for testing

Reference range

Detected or NOT detected

Sample & container required Nose or throat swab in Cobas PCR media (yellow top) or Viral Transport medium (green top), nasopharyngeal aspirate, endotracheal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage.
Sample volume 0.5 mL
Sample collection

Apply recommended Infection Prevention and Control precautions

Transport storage Standard courier
Turnaround time 24 hrs

Daily testing