Diagnostic Testing for the Novel Coronavirus

April 21, 2020, Vol 323, No. 15, Pages 1427-1518


Diagnostic Testing for the Novel Coronavirus
Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD; Scott J. Becker, MS; Michelle M. Mello, JD, PhD
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JAMA. 2020;323(15):1437-1438. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.3864
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