For the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in patients suspected to have acute COVID-19 infection.
Combination of nasal and oropharyngeal swab (collected using the same dacron swab)
Respiratory samples must be collected with full respiratory protection such as N95 masks or powered air-purifying respirators.
Please put specimens into specimen bags. Specimens from high risk patients should be double-bagged. Place the specimen/s in a hard, waterproof and airtight secondary container. The container has to be hand-delivered to the Molecular Laboratory, Level 12, Diagnostics Tower, Academia (during opening hours) or to Client and Specimen Management (CSM) Section outside Molecular Laboratory opening hours.
Specimens should be kept cool and can be transported at 18-25oC to the testing laboratory if the total storage and transport time at 18-25oC does not exceed one hour. Otherwise, specimen should be refrigerated and transported cooled (2-8oC) and to reach the testing laboratory within 48 hours of collection.
Reverse transcription real time polymerase chain reaction (either Roche COBAS® SARS-CoV-2 assay or in-house developed).
Detected, Not Detected, Inconclusive, Presumptive Positive