The different tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19 - A review in Brazil so far

JBRA Assist Reprod. 2020 Jul 14;24(3):340-346. doi: 10.5935/1518-0557.20200046. Online ahead of print.


SARS-CoV-2 is a novel virus from the coronavirus family that emerged in the end of December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The virus is now widespread and causing the current pandemic of COVID-19, a highly pathogenic viral pneumonia, commonly presented with fever and cough, which frequently lead to lower respiratory tract disease with poor clinical outcomes associated with older age and underlying health conditions. Supportive care for patients is typically the standard protocol because no specific effective antiviral therapies have been identified so far. The current outbreak is challenging governments and health authorities all over the world. In here we present a comparison among the current diagnostic tools and kits being used to test Brazilian population.

Keywords: COVID-19; ELISA; Immunochromatography; PCR; diagnostic tool.

Publication types

  • Review