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False-negative SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests occur less often than previously observed

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Although false-negative results from nasopharyngeal SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests are possible, they occur less often than previously observed, according to study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. “By characterizing the experience of two large U.S. health systems on the short-term occurrence of newly positive SARS-CoV-2 results among initially test-negative patients, we provide data on a topic of practical significance that should be used in combination with other reports to guide the use and interpretation of this common testing modality,” the researchers wrote. more

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