COVID-19 Virus Testing of Environmental Samples
We are making our lab available to test environmental samples for the 2019-nCoV virus (a.k.a. SARS-Cov-2, COVID-19 virus) responsible for the COVID-19 disease.
The CDC recently developed a panel of genetic marker to detect 2019-nCoV and we at Source Molecular are actively preparing to analyze environmental samples for the new tests.
Source Molecular is staffed, equipped, and experienced in providing genetic data to our clients and we’re committed to using our resources to support organizations monitoring for the virus in environmental samples.
Sample Types We Can Analyze
Source Molecular is offering the 2019-nCoV genetic analyses on environmental samples including water, surface swabs, and filters from air samplers. We are not currently certified to analyze clinical samples collected from humans.
Surface Swabs and Air Samples
In one recent pre-pub on aerosol and surface stability of the virus. The virus remained viable and infectious for days on surfaces, the CDC genetic tests would be a more conservative test as the presence of RNA can still be detected if the virus is not viable or infective.
Last week in a webinar hosted by The Water Research Foundation, water health experts from the United States and Australia proposed monitoring for the virus in sewage to track and trace the disease over time.
Is your organization, your clients or stakeholders actively engaged in planning for or conducting sampling for the COVID-19 virus?
If public health agencies in your area would benefit from the data, could your organization support the sample collection effort?
If you know of other stakeholders that wish to monitor the 2019-nCoV virus in their local environments please share the information.
How To Get Your Samples Tested
If you have questions about sampling, the new 2019-nCoV tests, or anything else, please contact Source Molecular at COVID19@sourcemolecular.com or call 786-220-0379.
Resources from WHO, EPA, CDC, and others