How many are we missing with ID NOW COVID-19 assay using direct nasopharyngeal swabs? Findings from a mid-sized academic hospital clinical microbiology laboratory

Phyu M. Thwe, Ping Ren

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Abstract

Here, we retrospectively analyzed the comparative results of 182 paired dry nasopharyngeal swabs tested by Abbott ID NOW and nasopharyngeal swabs in viral transport medium by real-time RT-PCR methods. While the overall agreement was 96.2%, we found that of 15 samples that were tested positive with RT-PCR methods, 7 were missed by ID NOW, resulting in a false-negative rate of 47%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115123
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Volume98
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19, Abbott ID NOW
  • Dry nasopharyngeal swab
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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