The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, has currently a pandemic presentation that requires careful health management that begins with the detection of positive cases. Without available specific vaccine or treatments, it is crucial to be able to achieve a rapid and reliable diagnosis. The identification of positive cases depends on the correct collection of biological material and subsequent molecular analysis. Current international and national guidelines recommend the execution of respiratory tract swabs and updated evidence suggests the usefulness of swabs from the upper respiratory tract, specifically the nasopharyngeal swab. However, references regarding the most suitable procedures for infants, children and adolescents are scanty. Epidemiological data on Covid-19 paediatric infection are affected by the number and the way in which swabs are performed. The paper gives some basic information on how to perform the swabs correctly highlighting paediatric peculiarities, an acronym (ABCD) that helps to remember the main challenges and complications of the procedure, and troubleshooting.
|Translated title of the contribution||In the covid-19 storm: It is time to swab! questions to learn and abcd to remember|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Medico e Bambino|
|Publication status||Published - May 2020|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health