Testing of paired mid-turbinate (MT) nasal and nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs, collected by trained personnel from 40 patients with COVID-19 showed more NP (76/95, 80%) than MT swabs tested positive (61/95, 64%; p=0.02). Among samples collected a week after study enrollment, fewer MT than NP samples were positive (45% vs 76%; p=0.001).
Keywords: COVID-19; mid-turbinate swab; nasopharyngeal; viral load.
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