Nella tempesta del Covid-19: E tempo di tamponi!: Le domande per imparare e l'abcd per ricordare

Translated title of the contribution: In the covid-19 storm: It is time to swab! questions to learn and abcd to remember

Agnese Feresin, Beatrice Spedicati, Massimo Del Pin, Paola Staffa, Veronica Castro, Domenico Leonardo Grasso, Giorgia Argentini, Eva Orzan, Enrico Muzzi

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Abstract

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 contributionIn the covid-19 storm: It is time to swab! questions to learn and abcd to remember
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)307-312
Number of pages6
JournalMedico e Bambino
Volume39
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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