TABLE 2.

Mean of total and infected respiratory epithelial cells from nasopharyngeal samples collected by flocked and rayon swabs

Type of viral infection (n)aTotal no. of cells/hpf (95% CI)No. of infected cells/hpf (95% CI)
Flocked swabRayon swabFlocked swabRayon swab
Influenza A virus (20)67.2 (55.6-78.8)29.3 (19.9-38.7)15.8 (9.7-21.9)7.2 (3.6-10.8)
RSV (21)51.7 (36.9-66.6)19.6 (12.9-26.3)32.6 (18.7-46.7)11.0 (6.1-15.9)
DFA negative (20)82.4 (53.1-112.0)24.8 (15.2-34.4)00
  • a n, number of samples.