New Test Allows People to Swab for COVID-19 on Surfaces in Public Areas

NBC news recently released a story for the “Today” show with the headline, “New test allows people to swab for COVID-19 on surfaces in public places.”

The news story continues with, “The makers of a new test say that you can use a simple swab to find out in 48 hours if any surface is contaminated with the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Investigative writer NBC’s Vicky Nguyen, got to try out a product that could “…help businesses and schools identify what surfaces may contain SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, and determine if someone may be shedding the virus in that area.”

Similar to ATP tests used by industrial hygienists to discover whether there is bacteria before and after a deep cleaning, this new test uses swabs with which Ms. Nguyen took samples from frequently-touched surfaces like handrails, elevator buttons and door handles, as well as surfaces in high-traffic areas like a subway station, coffee shop, public restroom and grocery store.

Is there Covid-19 in a home, office, or school? This test has the potential to help the contents valet find out.

More to come in future issues of Contents Solutions!

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