Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection
- The SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant pandemic struck Taiwan in April 2022. Rapid antigen tests play an important role in providing rapid results during a pandemic. However, self-collected samples by children's caregivers without the supervision of medical personnel raise some concerns.
- Since its onset (Zhu et al., 2020), the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), emerged to a major burden for the population in general but especially brought great challenges for the healthcare sector (Miller et al., 2020). Recent statistics presented by the German federal government agency Robert-Koch-Institute (RKI) show that cough, fever, nasal congestion, sore throat and loss of smell or taste are the most common symptoms caused by COVID-19 (RKI, 2021a).
- In December 2019, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Wu et al., 2020). Person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has been confirmed, and individuals with asymptomatic infections have been identified as potential infection sources (Chan et al., 2020; Rothe et al., 2020). To date, SARS-CoV-2 has spread to almost all countries worldwide, and the number of confirmed cases and deaths has been growing rapidly due to the high rate of infectivity (R0).
- The novel coronavirus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2; SARS-CoV-2), which is the cause of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), first reported in Wuhan, China, has spread across the world and has been characterized by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic (Bedford et al., 2020). In February 2020, at the port of Yokohama, Japan, an outbreak of COVID-19 among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship occurred, with approximately 700 confirmed cases.