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Comparison and Validation of Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Serological Assays
By Zhicheng Jin, PhD; Xin Yi, PhD; David W. Bernard, MD, PhD; and Roger L. Bertolf, PhD

A nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as RT-PCR, performed on a nasopharyngeal swab specimen is the preferred method for detecting SARS-CoV-2 infection at this point in our growing understanding of the virus and resulting disease state. Furthermore, serologic assays may detect active and past infection, and can be performed on serum, plasma, whole blood specimens, or other body fluids. Thus, rapid serologic assays are a convenient way to screen asymptomatic individuals who may have been infected recently or recovered without seeking medical attention. CLICK HERE to read about how one laboratory compared and validated a selection of serological assays for SARS-CoV-2.

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About the role of VTM in sustaining COVID-19 testing? CLICK HERE to read Role of Viral Transport Media in Sustaining COVID-19 Testing by Bradley Ford, MD, PhD and others. This article discusses the importance of VTM/UTM for viral disease management, including methods for producing VTM in house, if necessary.

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CLICK HERE to read An Accreditation Surveyor’s View a Q&A with Barbara Schwarzer, MT(ASCP), MHA, MSOL, CPHQ; field director of pathology & clinical laboratory services accreditation for The Joint Commission. Herein we discuss with Barbara the ways in which The Joint Commission is resuming inspections amidst the pandemic, and assisting facilities under its accreditation.

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