COVID-19 - guidance for sampling and laboratory investigations

Publication Date: 26 March 2020

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The guidance describes in detail the samples required for establishing a diagnosis and monitoring confirmed COVID-19 infection, and the tests that will be performed. It is part of the initial investigation of possible cases collection​.

An algorithm that summarises the advice that comes into effect from 10 February 2020 is also available to download​.

If our understanding of COVID-19 changes then guidance will be updated. Always check this website to ensure that any guidance you are using is the latest version. 

Further additional guidance and information, including links to guidance for travellers and the general public, can also be found on the our COVID-19 page​.

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance