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Beating Back the Coronavirus – Nasal swabs

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Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Nasopharyngeal swabs or nasal swabs, used to collect mucus samples to test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, were in short supply. This created a bottleneck in diagnostics, hampering our ability to control the pandemic. To respond to this need, an interdisciplinary team at the Wyss Institute and Harvard Medical School collaborated to create a new nasal swab design from only one material with 90% or better agreement with existing swabs, and the ability to be used in much faster automated analytical systems.

Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

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