Detection of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on Environmental Surfaces
ERAtest,llc, using Eurofins laboratories now offers a RT-PCR test, optimized and validated for the detection of Coronaviruses as well as the identification of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on surface swabs.
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is a recently discovered coronavirus, which has caused the pandemic COVID-19 outbreak. This virus may lead to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and is predominantly transmitted person to person via droplets and aerosols. While these droplets will degrade over time, studies have shown that the virus has potential for a prolonged tenacity on surfaces (up to 3 days). Due to this, transmission through contaminated surfaces is being investigated as a possible route of exposure.In the current coronavirus outbreak, companies and health authorities seek solutions to monitor the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in their environments in order to be able to implement immediate sanitation and other measures to protect the health and safety of employees and their environment.
Thorough cleaning is important to avoid further spread of SARS-CoV-2. Eurofins offers a real-time RT-PCR test that its R&D teams developed, optimized and validated for the detection of Coronaviruses as well as the identification of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on surface swabs.
This testing service provides a unique opportunity to assess the need for cleaning and to document whether cleaning has been performed adequately. Preferred sampling areas include surfaces that are likely to be frequently touched, e.g. door handles, stair railings, keyboards, phones, tables. In particular, indoor environments where infected persons resided may be of interest for testing before reopening, reoccupying or re-purposing.
In the current coronavirus outbreak, companies and health authorities seek for solutions to monitor the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in their environments.
SRAS-CoV-2 Testing Kits by Eurofins TechnologiesSARS-CoV-2 kits developed by Eurofins Technologies will enable organizations in diverse industries and sectors, as well as in healthcare, to help test, determine, monitor and eventually strengthen the effectiveness of sanitation measures put in place.
VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 ScreenThe VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Screen kit enables screening for the E-gene, which encodes for the envelope surrounding the viral shell. The kit was developed as an initial screening assay to be used in conjunction with the VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Ident kit as a confirmation. This approach follows the recommendations from the WHO and the German Health Authority.
This assay effortlessly integrates into the VIRSeek Solution, which offers RNA extraction and an ISO 15216-compliant process control virus to monitor the efficiency of the process.
VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Ident
The VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Ident assay is a one-step real-time RT-PCR to specifically detect the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP-gene) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus according to the workflows published by the WHO and the German Health Authority. The kit should be used to confirm the presence of the virus in swabs of environmental surfaces following a VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Screen positive result.
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