A combined oropharyngeal/nares swab is a suitable alternative to nasopharyngeal swabs for the detection of SARS-CoV-2

@article{Leblanc2020ACO,
  title={A combined oropharyngeal/nares swab is a suitable alternative to nasopharyngeal swabs for the detection of SARS-CoV-2},
  author={J. Leblanc and C. Heinstein and J. MacDonald and J. Pettipas and T. Hatchette and G. Patriquin},
  journal={Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology},
  year={2020},
  pages={
          104442
        }
}
  • J. Leblanc, C. Heinstein, +3 authors G. Patriquin
  • Published 2020
  • Medicine
  • Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Abstract Given the global shortage of nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs typically used for respiratory virus detection, alternative collection methods were evaluated during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study showed that a combined oropharyngeal/nares swab is a suitable alternative to NP swabs for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, with sensitivities of 91.7% and 94.4%, respectively.  
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