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Article: Volume 47 Number 9 Page 761 - October 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 761-765

COVID-19:  Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Diagnostics: a Primer

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Abstract: The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), seems to have spared no single community. Rapid and accurate identification of COVID-19 patients are the mainstay for breaking the chain of community infection and controlling the pandemic. There are now a bewildering array of diagnostic tests available to detect COVID-19 at various stages of infection. In this, the fourth article in the COVID-19 Commentary series, we describe the basics of current clinical diagnostics, including molecular and serological testing approaches, and summarize their advantages and limitations.

Author notes: Lakshman Samaranayake, DDS, FRCPath, FDS RCPS, FDS RCS(Ed), Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, (email: lakshman@hku.hk), Niraj Kinariwala, MDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Karnavati School of Dentistry, Karnavati University, Gujarat, India and RAPM Perera, BDS, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.