Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit
Combat the spread of Coronavirus and protect people in high risk areas. With our simple test kits, you can detect SARS-CoV-2 virus on hard surfaces and in one hour.
- Reassure customers your business is free of detectable Coronavirus
- Detect workplace infections early by testing high-touch surfaces
- Validate your cleaning decontamination measures are effective
Environmental Monitoring: The Proactive Approach to COVID-19
SARS-CoV-2 is a recently discovered Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease. The virus has been shown to be transmitted via droplets, aerosols, and surfaces. Surfaces become contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus when aerosols and droplets fall from the air, or when touched by infected individuals. Studies have shown that the virus can remain viable and infectious on surfaces for up to five days.
Chai’s Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit allows hard surfaces such as desks, tables, phones, computer keyboards/mice, etc. to be tested for the virus. Absence of detectable virus gives confidence that cleaning and decontamination measures are effective, and can reassure customers and employees that a facility is managed safely.
Testing common, high-touch surfaces such as door handles and hand railings is especially useful in providing an early warning of infections in offices, schools, and senior care facilities. Viral detection can not only trigger decontamination measures, but additional controls such as diagnostic testing to get ahead of an infection.
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How it Works
Start testing right away with minimal prior preparation. Simply swab, prepare your samples, and load into the Open qPCR.
Swab high-touch hard surfaces such as door handles, keyboards, phones, armrests, and tables.
Place swab into RNA extraction solution, which inactivates virus and stabilizes viral RNA for transport.
Chai’s test kits and Open qPCR instrument allow anyone to perform testing using the same RT-qPCR technology used by the CDC.
Get clear results in under an hour. Software automatically analyzes control reactions to ensure quality.
View the user manual for the detailed protocol.
The Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit uses the same RT-qPCR technology used in human diagnostic testing. Accuracy is assured by an extensive control system including positive, NTC, and internal amplification controls, and a UNG carryover prevention system which eliminates false positives.
The Open qPCR’s software automated test execution and result analysis, giving clear actionable results.
|Limit of Detection||290 viral particles/swab|
|Swab Recovery Rate (hard plastic)||63%|
|Swab Material||Synthetic fiber, sterile|
|Swab Storage Conditions||Ambient|
|Reagent Storage Conditions||-20 ºC|
|Validated Surfaces||Plastic, stainless steel, brass, rubber, ceramic|
|Detection Channels||FAM, HEX|
|Internal Amplification Control||Synthetic ssDNA fragment|
|Positive Control||SARS-CoV-2 N gene fragment|
|UNG Carry-over Prevention||Included|
|Dry environmental transport swabs, sterile||96 swabs|
|One-Step DNA/RNA Extraction Buffer||20 mL|
|DNase/RNase-free water||5 x 5 mL|
|DNase/RNase-free water||0.5 mL|
|PCR Tube and Cap Strips||15 x 8-well strips|
|Coronavirus Environmental Oligo Mix||475 μL|
|Sahara One-Step RT-qPCR Master Mix with UNG||1.1 mL|
|Cofactor Buffer||65 μL|
|SARS-CoV-2 N Positive Control||85 μL|
Quick Start Bundle
Chai’s Coronavirus Environmental Quick Start Bundle contains everything you need to begin testing environmental surfaces for SARS-CoV-2:
Do you ship internationally?Yes. If we don't have a distributor in your country, we service and ship kits directly. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you find the best way to purchase kits and instruments.
Are the test kits compatible with instruments other than Open qPCR?Yes, the test kits will work with any Real-Time PCR instrument comaptible with the FAM and HEX fluorophores.
Why is the dual channel Open qPCR required?The Coronavirus Envirionmental Test Kit detects the SARS-CoV-2 target in the FAM channel, and an Internal Amplification Control in the HEX channel. This internal control is important for detecting PCR inhibition and preventing false negatives. As such the dual channel Open qPCR is required to run the Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit.
What storage temperature is required for kits? What are the shipping conditions?The test kit ships on ice, and require -20 ºC storage upon arrival.
How safe is it to ship the collected samples?Following sample collection, virus is immediately inactivated by inserting the swab into lysis solution, eliminating the need to transport live virus. Proper PPE is recommended during sample collection.
How was the test kit validated?The test kit was validated for inclusivity, exclusivity, and limit of detection, as detailed in the validation report.
Additionally Chai conducted an informal study of retail establishments around the San Francisco Bay Area during April 2020. Coronavirus contamination was found on shopping carts and bathroom stall doors of multiple brand-name grocery stores, big box stores, home improvement stores, and warehouse shopping clubs sampled.
|Safety Data Sheet (SDS)|
|Coronavirus Surface Testing Solution|
Certificates of Analysis
|View Sample Certificate|
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.