[Oro- and Nasopharyngeal Swab for Detection of SARS-CoV-2 – Step-by-step Approach].
Oro- and nasopharyngeal swab specimens by quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect SARS-CoV-2 is currently the main diagnostic tool during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemia. Accurate performance of the procedure to avoid false negative results, adequate personal protective equipment and material sparing algorithms are mandatory while obtaining swab specimens. In the current stey-by-step review a feasible approach will be presented.
Authors: A Kunstein, L Drößler, A M Nia, T Lüdde, B-E O Jensen