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Test CPT Codes
Influenza A & B /COVID 19 – RT-PCR
Test Disease / Components
Influenza A & B /COVID-19 Infection
Throat or nasopharyngeal swab in 3 mL V-T-M medium or Universal transport media equivalent.
Specimen should be collected during acute phase of the disease, ideally within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Guide the flexible (ideally a flocked rather than wound) swab into the contour of the nares and into the nasopharynx. Leave in place 15 to 30 seconds, rotate and remove. Place swab in viral transport.
Throat swab: Carefully rub the posterior nasopharynx with a dry sterile swab (preferably the "flocked swab"). Avoid touching the tongue or buccal mucosa. Place swab in viral transport.
Refrigerate, Ship on cool packs 20-80 C if received in 72 hours
Ship on cool packs 20-80 C if received in 72 hours
Negative - No Influenza A or Influenza B viral RNA detected
Influenza A Positive - Influenza A viral RNA detected
Influenza B Positive - Influenza B viral RNA detected
COVID 19 RNA Not detected
COVID 19 RNA detected
Quantity not sufficient
Storage and Stability
Turnaround Time (TAT)
≤ 2 days