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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 128-131

SARS-CoV-2 Laboratory Testing in India's Pandemic Response: A Public Health Perspective


1 Professor, Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Virology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Mahesh Moorthy
Department of Clinical Virology, 9th Floor ASHA Building, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_491_20

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has resulted (at the time of writing) in over 3.3 million cases and 233,000 deaths globally and ~33,000 cases and ~1,100 deaths in India. The mainstay of the diagnosis is a reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay to detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA. The accurate diagnosis is contingent on appropriate specimen choice, time of collection, and assay employed. In this commentary, we highlight the role of laboratory diagnostic tests used in the different stages of India's COVID-19 pandemic response.


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