COVID-19 test swabs that have been tested bagged for storage at the Doherty Institute, Parkville in early 2020.

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Plastic pin with test swabs in orange plastic bags.

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This image shows some of the behind the scenes work of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.The large bags of samples (tubes containing nose/throat swabs) shows the scale of testing, and the hard work of many staff on the frontline. 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.

The large volume also demonstrates the cooperation of the Victorian public in being tested to assist it tracing and so controlling the pandemic.

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