DETECTION PLANNING

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PANDEMIC MITIGATION PLANNING - DETECTION

For most companies and businesses, an outbreak would be deadly and could result in having to shut down completely. With a detection strategy, businesses can limit the impact and effects on their business.

Evaluating COVID-19 in Air

SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19 is a new virus with many unanswered questions. However, scientific professionals can look to previous investigations of coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and the general principles of evaluating biological contaminants. SARS-CoV investigations focused on identifying environmental contamination in infected areas and the potential for transmission to adjacent areas. Sampling approaches included swab sampling of surfaces and air sampling followed by DNA-based Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis.

STANDARDS/GUIDELINES
There are no specific standards that address workplace exposure to COVID-19. The following requirements may apply to prevention.

OSHA
Personal Protective Equipment Standard in General Industry, 29 CFR 1910, Subpart I: Requires use of gloves, eye, face, and respiratory protection General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970, 29 USC 654(a)(1): Requires employers to furnish employment and place of employment that are free from recognized hazards

NIOSH/CDC
Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings. View here. Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) View here

Air Sampling Options for Viruses

Filter Cassettes

Button Samplers

BioSampler

KEY FEATURES

  • Easy, economical, and widely used
  • Small, easy, lightweight sampling train
  • Ideal for personal sampling and placement inside and outside of test areas
  • Used by agencies to sample for SARS-CoV
  • Superior collection of inhalable-sized bioaerosols
  • Unique inlet and proximity to filter minimizes transmission losses; promotes equal distribution of particles
  • Closely follows the ISO 7708/CEN sampling criteria for inhalable particulate mass
  • Autoclavable
  • Allows 8-hour sampling if filled with SKC ViaTrap mineral oil (suitable for specific analyses)
  • Can be filled with sterile distilled water or other suitable liquids for PCR analysis
  • Ideal for research studies

MODE OF COLLECTION

  • Filtration, collection onto filter
  • Filtration, collection onto filter
  • Impingement, collection into liquid

MEDIA

  • 37-mm, 0.3-μm PTFE Filter used for SARS
  • 25-mm, sterilized Gelatin Filter (growth culturing, maintains viability)
  • Sterile distilled water, physiological saline, phosphate buffered salve (PBS), nutrient broth, or peptone water

RECOMMENDED SAMPLE PUMP

AirChek TOUCH

BioLite

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