The coronavirus pandemic of 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and spread globally during the early part of 2020. As of May 11, 2020, >4 million cases have been confirmed worldwide, with >1.3 million cases in the United States (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html, last accessed May 11, 2020). The United States now has the most confirmed cases and confirmed deaths worldwide. The key to slowing the spread of this disease is widespread testing so that patients can be quickly identified and isolated. The publication of the first viral sequence in mid-January made the design of PCR assays for SARS-CoV-2 possible (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/sars-cov-2-seqs).
The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, Volume 22, Issue 7, 2020, Pages 841-843,