Cohort PCR Testing: A Strategic Method for Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Screening
June 08, 2020 | Histopathology
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The world is currently facing an unprecedented outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes viral pneumonias and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in humans. More than 3 million persons have been infected with the virus, and there are more than 240,000 recorded COVID-related deaths, as of May 5, 2020. Many countries have implemented strict containment measures in response to this global pandemic, including active detection and quarantine of suspected or confirmed cases, social distancing, and closure of public spaces. Until a vaccine is available, screening has to be done regularly, as we now know that a significant proportion of COVID-19 cases remain relatively asymptomatic and the virus has been shown to be highly contagious.
Various diagnostic methods have been utilized in the detection of SARS-CoV-2, among which real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay is the most established and commonly utilized test method. In RT-PCR testing, upper respiratory specimens, consisting... Want to read more? You can find the whole article in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology Blog.
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