COVID-19 test swabs being processed and tested at the Doherty Institute, Parkville in early 2020.

Swab testing for coronavirus has been the most common form of testing in Australia. The test takes a small sample from the nose and the back of the throat using a special swab. The material captured on the swab is then compared with the genetic code of COVID-19 to determine if someone is infected.

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This image shows some of the behind the scenes work of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. The image gives a human face to the processing of the thousands of samples across Victoria. Each tube has required a healthcare professional to take the sample from the patient, and the sample must be taken to a laboratory where multiple researchers analyse each sample in a process that takes several days. Each tube being tested represents a person in lockdown, avoiding contact with any other person until they receive their COVID-19 (aka SARS-CoV-2) result during the 2020 pandemic.

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