Infectious Diseases


COVID-19 or Coronavirus Disease of 2019 is a disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Coronavirus-2). SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in a world-wide pandemic, which is ongoing. 

More information on diagnostic testing for COVID-19 can be found below in the drop down menu. 

Terminology: In conversations about the pandemic, the terms "SARS-CoV-2", "COVID-19", and "Coronavirus" are frequently used incorrectly. "SARS-CoV-2" refers to the virus itself. "COVID-19" is the disease caused by infection of SARS-CoV-2. And "Coronavirus" is a category of viruses, which includes SARS-CoV-2, that refers to the specific way that viruses look under an incredibly strong microscope. 



You can find additional up-to-date information on AMP's COVID Response Steering Committee Blog, which has kept the AMP membership and general public informed on key issues impacting molecular professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Created: 09/2021 Last Updated:09/2021