Comprehensive Workflow for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2 in Environmental 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 possibly 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 for solutions to monitor the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in their environments.
VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Solution: an AOAC PTM accredited workflow
Within the VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 workflow the efficient removal of the virus from the swab and automated isolation of high quality RNA is guaranteed by the VIRSeek RNAExtractor AE1. Following the RNA extraction, the lysates are analysed with the VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Mplex real-time RT-PCR kit. The kit is highly specific for two regions (N1/N2) on the SARS-CoV-2 N-gene, ensuring reliable results with a two target approach.
The VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 Solution has been evaluated and approved by the AOAC Performance Tested MethodsSM (PTM) Program, and awarded Emergency Response Validation PTM with the certification number 122006.
The solution can be used on different surfaces like plastic, stainless steel or cardboard and includes all reagents to ensure highest reliability. The evaluation of the results is facilitated by the FastFinder software, which uses advanced machine learning techniques for automated and reliable analysis.
The VIRSeek SARS-CoV-2 solution is a comprehensive workflow for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 from environmental surfaces, including four main steps:
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