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SARS-CoV-2 Testing

blood testing
SARS-CoV-2 is detected in respiratory specimens of patients suspected of having COVID-19 using molecular testing. This is the only method for diagnosing infected patients currently available.

It is crucial in detecting infectious individuals early in the course of the disease so that the infection can be isolated and prevented from spreading to others.

  • Even when clinical suspicion is low, IDSA recommends SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR testing in symptomatic individuals.

  • In asymptomatic individuals that are proven or suspected to have been exposed to COVID-19, IDSA suggests SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR testing.

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