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Limited role for bronchoalveolar lavage to exclude COVID-19 after negative upper respiratory tract swabs: a multicentre study

European Respiratory Society - Despite early and reliable recognition of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) being essential for disease control both at a community and hospital level, clinical picture and thoracic imaging alone are not sufficiently specific to distinguish it from other respiratory infections [1, 2]. Real-time reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR is routinely used for qualitative and quantitative severe acute...

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