[Oro- and Nasopharyngeal Swab for Detection of SARS-CoV-2 – Step-by-step Approach].

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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.

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Authors: A Kunstein, L Drößler, A M Nia, T Lüdde, B-E O Jensen