In response to an influx of inquiries we’ve received from customers, we’re responding with important CDC information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV. Even though this virus is currently having very limited impact on patients in the U.S, it’s always a good idea to stock up and be prepared should the situation change.
The latest CDC Updates on Coronavirus
Here you’ll find CDC interim guidance for healthcare workers, including important details on reporting suspected cases and collecting specimens.
One item you may find particularly useful is the Flowchart to Identify and Assess 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This handy tool walks you through the steps to assess the likelihood of whether 2019-nCoV may be present based on exposure and symptoms as well as important steps to take.
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