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. 2020 May 16;104442.
doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2020.104442. Online ahead of print.

A Combined Oropharyngeal/Nares Swab Is a Suitable Alternative to Nasopharyngeal Swabs for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2

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A Combined Oropharyngeal/Nares Swab Is a Suitable Alternative to Nasopharyngeal Swabs for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2

Jason J LeBlanc et al. J Clin Virol. .
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Given the global shortage of nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs typically used for respiratory virus detection, alternative collection methods were evaluated during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study showed that a combined oropharyngeal/nares swab is a suitable alternative to NP swabs for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, with sensitivities of 91.7% and 94.4%, respectively.

Keywords: COVID-19; PCR; SARS-CoV-2; nares; oropharyngeal; swab.

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