MDL now offers the SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19] by Reverse Transcriptase Real-Time PCR panel (CDC NI, N2, RP targets) which has been authorized for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is the name for the respiratory syndrome caused by infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus, which has infected and caused deaths of thousands of people worldwide originated in Wuhan City, China. Additional cases have now been reported in the United States. An infection with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19. Patients with COVID-19 are evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
- Nasopharyngeal swab OR Oropharyngeal swab specimen collection submitted in a OneSwab® transport media vial
- NasoswabSwab® specimen collection for adult patients ONLY (may be self-collected on-site)
- Specimens should be refrigerated until ready for transport and shipped with a pre-frozen cold pack within 72 hours of collection
- Specimens stored overnight should be frozen, and labeled “frozen”, until they can be shipped with pre-frozen cold packs
- Do not ship specimens on a Saturday
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common signs of infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Shortness of breath & breathing difficulties
In severe cases, infection can cause:
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure
People with heart and lung disease, weakened immune systems, and older adults are at higher risk for lower respiratory tract illness.
How is COVID-19 spread?
This virus is spread person-to-person by someone who is currently sick with COVID-19 through:
- Respiratory droplets produced while coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact (i.e., within about 6 feet)
- Touching or shaking hands
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not reported to be the primary way the virus spreads.