The 2019 novel coronavirus was detected in self-collected throat washings. The positive testing rate of throat washing was much higher than that of nasopharyngeal swabs. Throat washing is a promising candidate for 2019-nCoV screening and monitoring due to its noninvasiveness and reliability.
Keywords: 2019 novel coronavirus; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; oropharyngeal washings; throat washings.
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