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The nature of high-risk infections has necessarily generated more rigorous procedures which are likely to increase the detrimental environmental impact of testing. How can we improve or minimise the impact going forwards?

Please share your ideas, solutions and examples that help to reduce the environmental impact of COVID-19 testing processes.

 

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Reduce Swab Use by Using Saliva Testing

Most Covid tests use swabs. These are thrown away and harm the environment in the same way as cotton buds and plastic stirrers which have now been banned in the UK.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/start-of-b...and-cotton-buds   Suresign Saliva sampling Lateral Flow Tests are as accurate as swab sampling but remove the need for the swab and hence are greener. The ability to use as self tests means less PPE is needed They are MHRA approved Additional benefits include: Improved...

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One tip covid testing 90% less consumables

Current rtPCR requires ten tip plus. Direct PCR uses one tip. One plate 90% less consumables

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RAPID URINE SCANNING COVID-19 FOAMING TESTING KIT

A foaming test kit has been designed, tested and manufactured for the pre-diagnosis and clinical follow-up of COVID-19 and diseases that progress with the excretion of substances that normally should not be in the body. It is a special urine test performed by foaming urine and it is defined as a foaming test. Viruses are infectious agents containing their own genetic structures, protein structures and amino acid structures, which are the sub-sequences of these protein structures, and...

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A greener COVID-19 test

The product we are developing is at home Covid-19 and other winter respiratory viruses Diagnostics test kit. The product is uses colorimetric RT-LAMP assay and produces the results in less than 30 minutes. Our product has multiplexing capability with built in internal controls for the test validation.The use and throw test kit is self-contained, and environment green. The test kit is affordable for frequent testing so the general population, high risk workers and Army at remote places can...

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Do away with swabs

We advise our patented saliva collection tubes - and does not require swabs to be painfully inserted into nasal and oral cavities. Apart from this and more importantly, our novel testing platform can conduct upto 200,000 tests per day. 

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Bubble pooled testing

Lesser number of swabs = lesser quantity use of plastics + paper + reagents + sundry consumables = greener diagnostics  Isolation, Track and Trace are all under the principles of contacts bubbles. So how about bubble pooled testing for asymptomatic monitoring of household, workplace clusters and ID traced bubbles tracked and isolated for local lockdowns during any secondary surges?

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Double trouble

Wherever possible remove double plastic bagging for samples! Look at the guidance and see what can be done...

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NEO Biobanking Solution

As the SARS-CoV-2 testing shifts from a focus on identification of cases, to epidemiological and serological studies, there will be undoubtedly an increase in serology samples to determine prevalence and immunity. The NEO ®  Sample Management System is ideally suited to aiding these studies owing to the following features: Complete security and full traceability The refrigerator or freezer storage phase is fully monitored Guaranteed sample integrity Ability to share and centralise...

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Plastic free swabs

Swabs and the receptacle are made of plastic. Hundreds of thousands of swabs are used every day and all this single use plastic is sent for incineration, adding noxious fumes from burning plastic to the atmosphere.  Let's make swabs and their receptacles from recycled cardboard instead of plastic (like drinking straws). If they absolutely must be made of plastic, let's reduce the amount of plastic used by making swabs shorter. Swabs are routinely around 20cm long. For most sampling ,this...

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