Clinical performance of SARS-CoV-2 detection on the cobas Liat using water gargle samples
Spring water gargle (SWG) is a suitable, non-invasive, alternative specimen for SARS-CoV-2 detection by RT-PCR. This study sought to evaluate the performance of the cobas Liat point-of-care system for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in SWG samples. SWG samples and standard oral and nasopharyngeal swab (ONPS) were collected simultaneously from participants in a COVID-19 screening clinic, in November and December 2020. Both sample types were analyzed in parallel on the cobas Liat platform and with the Seegene Allplex 2019-nCoV assay. Among the 110 participants, 53% had compatible symptoms and 71% had a contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Only two (1.8%) individuals had neither symptoms nor contact. Amongst 110 paired samples, 25 (23%) were positive for SARS-CoV-2 on the cobas Liat for a least one sample type, with a kappa coefficient of 0.92. Agreement between the cobas Liat platform and the Seegene assay was also excellent (kappa coefficient values of 0.94 and 0.95). Two SWG samples failed to provide a positive result when their ONPS pair was positive, but their cycle threshold (Ct) values were >35 on the Seegene assay, reflecting a low viral load. Overall, the performance of the cobas Liat platform is excellent for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in SWG samples in a high pre-test probability population.
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