Scientific Society of Clinical Pathologist and Laboratory medicine – Chile
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RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CLINICAL LABORATORY MEDICAL SOCIETY (SMLC) CHILE FOR LABORATORY DIAGNOSTICS OF SARS-CoV2
Carolina Prieto, Marcia Guajardo, María Jesús Vial, Carolina Selman, Verónica Bustamante, Marcelo Díaz de Valdés, Juan Carlos Hormazábal, Dona Benadof, Angélica Rivera, Verónica Ramírez, Isabel Briceño 1. BACKGROUND The Clinical Laboratory is of great support to the diagnosis, evaluation and monitoring of suspected cases of Covid19 The correct use and interpretation of results allows a more accurate and safe clinical management. The purpose of these recommendations is to provide provisional guidance for practices related to the laboratory diagnosis of SARS-CoV2, including biosafety in the collection, transport, handling, and storage of samples suspected of containing SARS-CoV2, which causes the disease called COVID- 19, by the World Health Organization (WHO). These recommendations will be updated eventually, as new knowledge of the disease emerges.