12th February 2020 Content supplied by: Puritan Medical Products Company
Which Swabs to Use for Coronavirus Testing
Since respiratory symptoms can be a sign of a cold, the flu or, under certain conditions, the 2019-nCoV infection, laboratory tests are required for accurate diagnosis. Currently, all diagnostic testing is being conducted at the CDC.
Based on CDC guidelines for clinical specimens, swabs with synthetic fibers and plastic shafts, like our flock swabs, should be used for nasopharyngeal collections when 2019-nCoV is suspected. It’s important not to use calcium alginate swabs or those with wooden shafts as they may contain materials that interfere with test results.
The tubes used should be sterile and contain 2 - 3 ml of viral transport media.
These Puritan products meet the CDC criteria:
- UT-306 UniTranz-RT 3mL Filled Vial with Sterile Elongated Flock Swab
- UT-367 - UniTranz-RT 3mL Filled Vial with Sterile Elongated and Ultrafine Flock Swabs
- UT-302 - UniTranz-RT 3mL Filled Vial with Sterile Mini-Tip and Standard Polyester Swabs
- UT-361 - UniTranz-RT 3mL Filled Vial with Sterile Standard Polyester Swab
You may want to have a supply of these products on hand. Simply reach out to your Puritan distributor to place your order. Or use the 'request information' button below to ask for your free samples.
Date Published: 12th February 2020
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