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Diagnostic Techniques for COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2, or the pathogen which causes COVID-19, is a virus containing a positive-sense RNA as its genetic constituent.
Morphologically, it contains spike-like projections on its surface and is hence named as ‘The Coronavirus’. On March 11, 2020, the disease was declared a ‘pandemic’ by the WHO and since then, the search for an effective diagnostic tool was the key to controlling the devastating repercussion of the viral outbreak. Subhajit Hazra, an experienced medical writer, reviews the current array of techniques available for the detection of SARS-CoV-2.