Journal article

Implementation and evaluation of a novel real-time multiplex assay for SARS-CoV-2: in-field learnings from a clinical microbiology laboratory

Eloise Williams, Katherine Bond, Brian Chong, Dawn Giltrap, Malcolm Eaton, Peter Kyriakou, Peter Calvert, Bowen Zhang, Mahendra Siwan, Benjamin Howden, Julian Druce, Mike Catton, Deborah A Williamson

Pathology | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

The unprecedented scale of testing required to effectively control the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has necessitated urgent implementation of rapid testing in clinical microbiology laboratories. To date, there are limited data available on the analytical performance of emerging commercially available assays for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and integration of these assays into laboratory workflows. Here, we performed a prospective validation study of a commercially available assay, the AusDiagnostics Coronavirus Typing (8-well) assay. Respiratory tract samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing were collected between 1 March and 25 March 2020. All positive sampl..

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