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Characteristics of 80 patients with COVID-19 but negative PCR. Their laboratory tests showed greater inflammation than age- and sex-matched controls. Only 11/80 had a later positive PCR, strategies involving serial PCRs must be rigorously evaluated.

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COVID-19 diagnosis should not rely solely on PCR.

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This page is a summary of: Predictors of negative first SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR despite final diagnosis of COVID-19 and association with outcome, Scientific Reports, January 2021, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-82192-6.
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