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Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

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Author(s): Elmoussaoui Sara*, Elannaz Hicham, El Kochri Safae, Tagajdid Mohamed Rida, Lahlou Amine Idriss and Abi Rachid

Among the laboratory testing methods developed for identifying patients with infection due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) — the agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — viral RNA amplification using real-time PCR (RT-PCR) is to date the standard method in many clinical virology laboratories [1]. However, RT-PCR-based assays are labour intensive and, when not completely automated, take hours to yield results. Conversely, rapid antigen detection assays—intrinsically less laborious and requiring a few minutes to results—have the potential to satisfy the pressing demand for an early SARS-CoV-2 infection diagnosis.