Introduction to testing for COVID-19

 | Post date: 2020/08/9 | 

Introduction to testing for COVID-19

This module will introduce the different types of test for diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It will discuss the optimal timing of these tests in relation to the natural history of the disease, the factors that can impact upon the results of the tests, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of test.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should understand

  • The main types of test for COVID-19 and their advantages and disadvantages
  • When to use each type of test
  • How the natural history of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and sample collection factors can affect the accuracy and interpretation of SARS-CoV-2 tests
  • How the results of tests can help guide individual patient management and population level pandemic control


 Anna Jeffery-Smith,  Colin Brown,  Allison Streetly, Maria Zambon

Peer reviewed by

 Margaret Sillis, Tumena Corrah

Last updated

13 Jul 2020

Release date

13 Jul 2020


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