Lab Logistics And Performance Are Crucial During This Trying Time
The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought several important safety practices into the limelight, including:
● Social Distancing
● Wearing Facemasks And Other Protective Covering
These efforts are crucial to battling COVID-19. Lab logistics and performance are also crucial to this battle, though these efforts do not receive as much attention as handwashing and social distancing. Many of the battles against COVID-19 are fought in medical labs, and the unsung heroes that work in these labs will help turn the tide against this deadly disease.
Until a successful vaccine is developed, the most important weapon we have in the fight against COVID-19 is the test kit. As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and coronavirus testing gives us the knowledge we need to make informed decisions regarding the virus. COVID-19 test kits have been in the news a lot lately, but what are they exactly, and where do they come from?
On February 4, 2020, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 test kits. These kits, which are designed to be used in conjunction with seasonal flu testing kits, can detect the presence of the virus in upper and lower respiratory specimens. These test kits – like test kits for other diseases – are manufactured by several different diagnostic companies. It is worth pointing out, however, that manufacturers of coronavirus test kits must be approved by the FDA.
Where Are Tests Conducted?
COVID-19 tests are often administered at hospitals, urgent care centers, and other medical facilities. The list of approved testing sites is growing and – in some states – even includes pharmacies and other retail locations. Testing availability and guidelines vary by state. Healthcare practitioners at the testing site will determine if you are eligible for testing, based on your symptoms and the availability of coronavirus test kits.
Where Are Tests Read?
Like many other test kits, test kits for COVID-19 are often read in a lab. In some cases, test results can be determined within a few minutes. The need for quick results underscores the importance of lab logistics and performance. To properly track COVID-19, labs across the U.S. need to perform at maximum efficiency.
The importance of lab logistics can be seen at every level of the testing process: producers of test kits need to be able to provide healthcare facilities with the supplies they need, healthcare facilities need to be able to administer the test kits quickly, and labs need to be able to determine and deliver the results of the tests in a timely – but accurate – manner.
Perhaps it goes without saying that lab equipment needs to be top-notch in order to facilitate COVID-19 testing. Lab equipment repair may be needed in cases where the equipment is not performing properly. Experts agree that lab equipment repair is one of the many keys to successfully tracking and fighting the coronavirus.