As we begin 2021, vaccines providing immunity to COVID-19 are beginning to be rolled out and it feels as though hope is on the horizon. However, vaccine programs will take time to implement and ultimately, take effect. In the meantime, social distancing measures and COVID-19 diagnostic techniques remain the primary resources for countries attempting to control the pandemic.
In this In Focus on COVID-19 diagnostics, supported by Zymo Research, we will explore the power of currently-available diagnostic techniques, investigating the pros and cons of different testing methods including RT-PCR, antigen and antibody testing. By highlighting the key issues for consideration when selecting a diagnostic technique, such as the limit of detection values, this In Focus will assist researchers and the public alike in making informed decisions on the most appropriate diagnostic technique to utilize in any given situation.