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6th Edition of World Congress on Infectious Diseases

June 24-26, 2024 | Paris, France

June 24 -26, 2024 | Paris, France
Infection 2023

Mohammad Alshomrani

Speaker at Infection Conferences - Mohammad Alshomrani
Riyadh Regional Laboratory and Blood Bank, Saudi Arabia
Title : Updates in COVID 19 laboratory diagnosis


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and has wreaked havoc on healthcare and economic systems worldwide. Despite extensive scientific research and efforts, there are still knowledge gaps regarding pathophysiology, clinical severity, and diagnosis in the COVID-19 patient population. In this presentation, I will discuss various diagnostic approaches for SARS-CoV-2; the most common methods, the gold standard method. I will compare between the commonly used methods in terms of sensitivity, specificity, turnaround time, feasibility, type of specimens used. I will elaborate some of clinical and epidemiological purposes, advantages and disadvantages of each test. I will present some of the recent advances in diagnostic methods, and the most updated guidelines in the laboratory diagnosis. Briefly, I will discuss how to interpret the results of COVID 19 in context with clinical presentation. In addition, I will explain how to initiate COVID 19 testing in your lab and how to select the appropriate methods based on your setting and requirements.


Mohammad Alshomrani studied at college of Medicine, King Saud University and graduated as medical doctor in 2007. He joined King Saud University Fellowship of Pathology (Microbiology) and received fellowship degree in Pathology (Microbiology) in 2013. He is working now as consultant microbiologist and Head of Microbiology Department in Riyadh Regional Laboratory. He published several studies in different fields of microbiology, including bacteriology, virology, and mycology. He has a special interest in bacterial infections and antimicrobial resistance.