Countries that have no testing capacity can send their samples to the WHO appointed 2019-nCoV referral laboratories for testing. National 2019-nCoV laboratories with limited experience are encouraged to send the first five positives and the first ten negative 2019-nCoV samples to their referral labs for confirmation.
- current list of WHO-appointed 2019-nCoV referral labs
- shipping instructions for national labs for 2019-nCoV specimens
- booking form for national laboratories
ORIGINAL SOURCE: WHO
Several assays that detect the 2019-nCoV have been and are currently under development, both in-house and commercially. Some assays may detect only the novel virus and some may also detect other strains (e.g. SARS-CoV) that are genetically similar.
Some groups shared their protocols which can be accessed below. In some cases, the groups will be willing to send reagents or reagent mixes prepared in their laboratories, with or without associated fees. It is strongly recommended to contact the developer if you need further assistance.
SOURCE LIST: WHO
- China: CDC Primers and probes for detection 2019-nCoV
- Hong Kong University: RT-PCR
- Charité, Berlin Germany: RT-PCR
- National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan: PCR and sequencing protocols
- Ministry of Public Health, Thailand: PCR and sequencing protocol
- US Centers for Disease Control: panel primer and probes
The purpose of this document is to provide interim guidance to laboratories and stakeholders involved in laboratory testing of patients who meet the definition of suspected case of pneumonia associated with a novel coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China.
PUBLICATION (PDF): WHO
As with other respiratory illnesses, infections with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever. It can be more severe for some persons ,and more rarely, it can be fatal. Watch this short video to find out more.
VIDEO: WHO / YouTube
Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory diseases. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections. Their use should be combined with other preventive measures. Watch this short video to find out more.
VIDEO: WHO / YouTube