Coronavirus qPCR (COVID-19)
Environmental Surface Testing for COVID-19
Keeping Covid-19 Safe
When determining how to ensure that an individual or business is COVID-19 safe, three key factors need to be considered.
Although implementation and maintained social distancing regulations with PPE coverage are in place, new research has shown that viral droplets remain dormant and waiting for a new source of re-hydration on surfaces for several hours and often days, and this has been investigated as a possible avenue of exposure.
Covid-19 Surface Test can provide important information required for keeping COVID safe. All industries where customers have a very high chance of transmitting an infection, but where customers may not necessarily inform you that they have tested positive for Covid-19, such as Retail Stores, Hotels, Airlines, Restaurants, Pubs & Bars, Care Homes, Schools, Cinemas, Leisure Clubs, etc. should consider having this test on a regular basis.
GPs, Veterinarians, and Dentists should also consider testing surfaces, as it will assist with ‘track and trace’ methods, and allow for individuals who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive environment to be identified and isolated.
Our latest service offers the availability to test surfaces for Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have teamed with the largest independent supplier of Contract Sterilisation in the United Kingdom and Ireland which provides a range of Testing Kits, Sampling, and Analysis for over 300 international and UK organisations including; Multinational Pharmaceuticals, Med-Tech Companies, Venture Capital-Backed Start-ups, Hospitals, and Private Clinics.
By having a UK purpose built virology test suite, they are one of the first laboratories in Europe to provide a unique environmental surface Coronavirus identification service. The results will not just indicate the presence of COVID-19 but also the amount collected, giving an indication of how heavily infected a surface is and the likelihood of fomite transmission. This service, will provide a valuable addition to our existing environmental testing capabilities and assist in the long term fight to keep our population safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19).
We can provide 2 day results on the virus’s presence/ quantity on any surface. The new testing capabilities allow workplaces / public places to test for suspected Coronavirus contamination and check to ensure their cleaning processes are providing sufficient disinfection.
PURPOSE OF TEST
The test looks for the RNA of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in very small quantities left on surfaces as a result of fomite transmission. It is not known the volume of COVID-19 required to cause an infection, or the number of infections caused by touching surfaces that have residual Coronavirus (COVID-19) left on them. Recent studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive up to 9 days on surfaces such as plastic, metal and glass, and up to 5 days on wooden surfaces. The virus’s viability on these surfaces poses a significant threat via fomite transmission.
By testing surfaces in areas where high risk patients stay, and / or where there are high volumes of human interactions, health & safety managers are able to better coordinate their cleaning regimes to reduce the levels of COVID-19 on surfaces or to verify that existing cleaning regimes have been successful.
Coronavirus Surface Testing Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Procedures For Testing and Reporting of Samples?
The qPCR process looks for Coronavirus (COVID-19) RNA in the sample media. It is a highly accurate test which specifically detects strands of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The test will return a level of Coronavirus (COVID-19) found on the swab accurate to less than 100 strands of RNA due to dilution of the sample during testing. To gain a further insight into the level of surface contamination, the test also gives a result of how much Coronavirus (COVID-19) is present.
We look to report the results within 2-3days of the test samples arriving at the laboratory. The test results will be sent by email and test results will indicate the presence or absence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the areas tested by the customer.
(All of the components required for this test have been sourced in the UK and we would like to issue our thanks to the companies who have made the consumables available so we can offer this test)
What is qPCR?
Our qPCR tests provide information on the presence or absence of a targeted microbe, they do not however provide insight into the organism’s viability, therefore if DNA is detected we can also offer the standard cultured procedure.
PCR or polymerase chain reaction is a method in molecular biology to amplify specific segments of DNA.
The amplified DNA (amplicon) is copied exponentially to generate thousands to millions of copies of target DNA.
This process is used to for genome mapping, DNA fingerprinting, detecting bacteria or viruses and diagnosing genetic disorders.
Very high priming efficiencies of >95%
Accuracy of bacterial assessment
Reduction in waiting time for customers
Rapid same-day turnaround
An excellent tool used to identify dangerous waterborne pathogens in cooperation with healthcare management systems.
Our latest service offers the availability to test surfaces for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The test looks for the RNA of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in very small quantities left on surfaces as a result of fomite transmission. It is not known the volume of COVID-19 required to cause an infection, or the number of infections caused by touching surfaces, that have residual Coronavirus (COVID-19) left on them. Recent studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive up to 9 days on surfaces such as plastic, metal and glass, and up to 5 days on wooden surfaces. Our results will not just indicate the presence of COVID-19 but also the amount collected, giving indication of how heavily infected a surface is and the likelihood of fomite transmission. By testing surfaces in areas of high risk, and or where, there are high volumes of human interactions H & S managers are able to better coordinate their cleaning regimes to reduce the levels of COVID-19 on surfaces or to verify that existing cleaning regimes have been successful.
Why Do You Test For Coronavirus On Surfaces?
How is Coronavirus Spread?
On What Surfaces Do You Find Coronavirus?
How Long Does Coronavirus Last On Surfaces?
Recent studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive up to 9 days on surfaces such as plastic, metal and glass, and up to 5 days on wooden surfaces. The virus’s viability on these surfaces poses a significant threat via fomite transmission.
What Level Of Dose Of Coronavirus Is Safe On a Surface?
Difference Between Surface and Human Testing For Coronavirus?
When testing a human, you expect to collect a dose in excess of 100,000 copies from a positive result. When testing a surface, the level of virus collected is likely to be much smaller (down to 100 copies) and the absolute level collected is important. To ensure all the viral particles collected are maintained until tested, the swab is placed inside viral transport media straight after testing, which is then kept cool to avoid RNA disintegration. At the time of testing the precise results from the qPCR process are recorded and the viral copy number calculated.
Which Surfaces Should You Test?
The highest risk surfaces are those that have been directly exposed to a COVID carrier’s coughs or hands. Hard surfaces retain the virus for longer than fabrics or paper. Potential areas to swab include computer mice, touch screens, door handles, sinks and floors.
When/How Will I Receive The Results
What Should You Do If You Find Coronavirus On A Swab Sample?
A study in Singapore of 3 patient hospital rooms with COVID showed that when the rooms had been Electrostatically Disinfected they were free of the virus. This study suggests that Electrostatic Disinfection is very effective against the virus.