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Greener testing

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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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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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