Can viral culture be used to diagnose coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Updated: Jun 25, 2021
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, FIDSA, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In patients with suspected COVID-19, virus isolation in cell culture or initial characterization of viral agents recovered in cultures of specimens is not recommended for biosafety reasons. [88]


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