11/03/2020: Lab Advisory: CDC Updates Specimen Collection Guidelines for COVID-19

CDC's Laboratory Outreach Communication System (LOCS)

Audience: Clinical Laboratory Professionals

Level: Laboratory Advisory

On November 3, 2020, CDC updated the Interim Laboratory Biosafety Guidelines for Handling and Processing Specimens Associated with COVID-19 web page. The updated guidelines provide more detailed recommendations for several methods of collecting specimens for SARS-CoV-2 testing:

  • Nasopharyngeal swabs
  • Nasal mid-turbinate swabs
  • Anterior nares specimen collection
  • Saliva

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If you have any questions, please contact us at LOCS@cdc.gov.

Thank you,

The Laboratory Outreach Communication System

Laboratory Outreach Communication System | Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)