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COVID-19 Testing: Challenges, Limitations and Suggestions for Improvement

Version 1 : Received: 6 April 2020 / Approved: 9 April 2020 / Online: 9 April 2020 (14:37:56 CEST)

How to cite: Hu, E. COVID-19 Testing: Challenges, Limitations and Suggestions for Improvement . Preprints 2020, 2020040155 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0155.v1). Hu, E. COVID-19 Testing: Challenges, Limitations and Suggestions for Improvement . Preprints 2020, 2020040155 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0155.v1).

Abstract

Reliable methods to confirm the diagnosis of COVID-19 are essential to the successful management and containment of the virus. Current diagnostic options are limited in type, supply, and reliability. This article explores the controversial unreliability of existing diagnostic methods and maintains that more reliable diagnostic methods, combinations, and sequencing are necessary to effectively assist in reducing the occurrence of discharge of the patient on false negative test results. This reduction would in effect reduce transmission of the disease.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Coronavirus; False-negative; Nucleic Acid Test; Screening; Diagnostic Accuracy; Missed Diagnosis; Epidemic; Infectious Disease

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