Which clinical specimen samples are best for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Viral tests (nucleic acid or antigen detection tests) are used to assess acute infection, whereas antibody tests provide evidence of prior infection with SARS-CoV-2. Detailed information is available in Laboratory Diagnostics and Testing Guidance for COVID-19.


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