AMP Horizons Series: Sample Collection and Molecular Diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

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This webinar does not contain continuing education credit (CME and CMLE) 



This presentation will describe what is known regarding optimal sampling for initial diagnosis of infection with the SARS-CoV2 virus, based upon both published data and unpublished data that has previously been provided to FDA.  Particular attention will be given to sampling devices and locations, including nasopharynx, mid-turbinate, nose, saliva and sputum, as well as specimen transport.  In addition, the presentation will describe relationships between molecular test results and the clinical and virological course of covid19, together with the impact of these factors on CDC recommendations for patient management and their implications for test utilization management.

Learning Objectives:


  1. Describe the strength and weakness of sampling from various anatomic sites for detection of SARS-CoV-2 by molecular methods.
  2. Describe the time course for molecular detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus and the relationship to recovery of productive virus from symptomatic individuals.
  3. Describe current recommendations for isolation of symptomatic individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Timothy J. O’Leary, MD, PhD
Yuan-Po Tu, DVM, MD
Yassmine Akkari, PhD

Duration: 1 hr
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Date Recorded: May 14, 2020
Planned and coordinated by the Training and Education Committee



Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar does not contain continuing education credit (CME and CMLE) 


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