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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surface Testing

Everything needed to test your workplace, school, or business today.

Chai makes it fast, easy, and economical for any business to begin routine Coronavirus environmental testing and proactively combat COVID-19

Reassure customers and guests

Assure visitors your business is free of detectable Coronavirus, and that you take proactive measures when contamination is found

Ensure a safe facility

Testing high-touch surfaces provides an early indication of infections in workplaces, nursing homes, and schools

Validate your sanitation

Demonstrate the efficacy of routine cleaning as well as remediation after COVID-19 exposure

How it Works

Coronavirus swab test

Swab high-touch hard surfaces such as door handles, keyboards, phones, armrests, and tables.

Extracting RNA from COVID-19 swab

Place swab into RNA extraction solution, which inactivates virus and stabilizes viral RNA for transport.

Testing swab for SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus

Prepare sample using test kit and place into Open qPCR instrument.

Positive and negative coronavirus results
Get Results

Get clear results in under an hour. Software automatically analyzes control reactions to ensure quality.

Where to Test

  • Hotel Rooms
  • Aircraft
  • Schools
  • Office Buildings
  • Nursing Homes
  • Shopping Centers
  • Restaurants
  • Movie Theaters


81% of hotel guests would pay more for rooms tested to be free of Coronavirus

Rapid, on-site COVID surface test for any school or business

No Experience Required

Simple workflow and step-by-step software make it easy for anyone on staff to run tests.

One Hour Results

Clear facilities before each shift or guest arrives.

Sensitive and Accurate

Fully validated test kits and the same RT-qPCR technology used in diagnostic testing ensure quality results.

Fast, Accurate, Actionable

  • Open qPCR machine
  • Coronavirus environmental test results screen
  • Coronavirus surface test kit
Research-Grade Instrument

Open qPCR is a Real-Time PCR instrument used by leading research and testing labs around the world. The device runs Chai test kits as well as open protocols, and can detect any DNA or RNA sequence, including the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus.

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Intuitive software

Open qPCR’s software makes running test kits easy with simple instructions and an easy to follow wizard. Results and control reactions are analyzed automatically, displaying clear actionable results.

Simple Test Kits

Test kits include the environmental swabs and all reagents needed to detect COVID-19 on hard surfaces.

Positive, negative, and internal amplification controls verify test results, while a UNG carry-over prevention system prevents false positives.

Learn More

Chai’s Coronavirus Environmental Quick Start Bundle contains everything you need to begin testing environmental surfaces for SARS-CoV-2:

Coronavirus surface testing solution

Open qPCR instrument, dual channel

Coronavirus Environmental Test Kit for 96 tests

Mini centrifuge

Vortex mixer

20 μL pipette + tips

200 μL pipette + tips

Add to Cart $13,640

Want to learn more about testing for Coronavirus in your facility?

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Tech Specs

  • Limit of Detection
  • 290 viral copies/swab
  • Validated Surfaces
  • Plastic, stainless steel, brass, rubber, ceramic
  • Time to Result
  • 1 hour
  • Swab Material
  • Synthetic fiber, sterile
  • Reagent Storage Conditions
  • -20 ºC
  • Inclusivity
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus)
  • Internal Amplification Control
  • Synthetic ssDNA fragment
  • Positive Control
  • SARS-CoV-2 N gene fragment
  • UNG Carry-over Prevention
  • Included


  • Do you ship internationally?
    Yes. If we don't have a distributor in your country, we service and ship kits directly. Contact us at and we'll help you find the best way to purchase kits and instruments.
  • Can this detect Coronavirus infections in people?
    No, this kit is for environmental surfaces only. We do offer a COVID-19 Surveillance Test for saliva-based surveillance.
  • How long does COVID-19 Coronavirus survive on surfaces?
    Studies have shown viable virus can remain on surfaces for up to five days.
  • Can this assay detect Omicron, Delta, and other variants of SARS-CoV-2?

    Yes, as of June 10, 2022, we’ve performed BLAST analysis of available whole genome sequences, and the assay’s ability to detect all current WHO variants of concern, including Delta and Omicron BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, and BA.5 sublineages is unaffected.

    The SARS-CoV-2 virus is constantly mutating as it spreads globally. We monitor sequences published to scientific databases such as GISAID on a regular basis and will update this FAQ as appropriate.

  • 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.
  • 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 was the Coronavirus surface 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.