A Case of Novel Corona Virus With Three Negative Nasopharyngeal Swabbings

Cureus. 2020 May 24;12(5):e8266. doi: 10.7759/cureus.8266.


We hereby report a case of a 55-year-old male with fever and difficulty breathing over several days who treated for presumed COVID-19 pneumonia despite testing negative thrice via reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) nasal swab. We explore several possible reasons for serially negative SARS-CoV-2 testing and other potential avenues of diagnosis.

Keywords: covid-19; diagnostic testing; false-negative; medical screening; rt-pcr.

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  • Case Reports