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Pandemic coronavirus: an overview of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease

Pathology services face a major challenge in the coming months to detect the new coronavirus, and to provide laboratory support to COVID-19 patients in hospital. Sarah Pitt provides an overview of the virology, clinical aspects, epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis of this latest agent of pandemic disease.

Antimicrobial efficacy and lack of resistance to silane quaternary compounds

Does the ‘entourage effect’ explain the increase in antimicrobial efficacy and lack of resistance seen with fifth-generation silane quaternary compounds? Here, Andrew Kemp provides an overview of the development and use of such agents, and their effects.

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April 2020