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SARS-CoV-2 Detection Limits in Swab and Gargle Samples by Comparing Antigen and RT-qPCR Testing

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Kheiroddin, Parastoo ; Borchers, Natascha ; Cibali, Ezgi ; Würfel, Thea ; Nowosadtko, Sarah ; Kabesch, Michael ; Ambrosch, Andreas
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 26 Jul 2022 10:01


Background: Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 testing are rapid and inexpensive but usually have lower sensitivity than RT-qPCR and are only validated for nasopharyngeal/throat swabs; the latter are considered the gold standard in terms of material collection but are not tolerated by patients with frequent sampling. The present study, therefore, investigates the extent to which SARS-CoV-2 antigen ...


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