Sample Collection and Swab Types for COVID-19 Testing

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In this video, Norman Sharples, COPAN Diagnostics’ CEO, discusses the different sites and swab materials available for sample collection for COVID-19 based on the FDA Guidelines as of April 1, 2020.

FDA believes that a nasopharyngeal specimen is a preferred choice for swab-based SARS-CoV-2 testing. If a nasopharyngeal specimen is not available, then any of the following are acceptable:

  • Oropharyngeal specimen collected by a healthcare professional (HCP);
  • Mid-turbinate specimen by onsite self-collection or HCP (using a flocked tapered swab);
  • Anterior nares specimen by onsite self-collection
  • HCP (using a round foam swab or polyester). 
COPAN Diagnostics’ CEO

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