Two issues negatively impacting COVID testing are false readings and the turnaround time it takes for results. False positive results can cause undue concern, whereas false negative readings have the potential to unwittingly add to the continued spread of COVID.
The waiting game is especially difficult; it’s the kind of time that most people don’t really have to spare. They must then play the quarantine game which, in addition to the restrictions, often means a loss of income as they wait for their results.
To overcome these hurdles, Huntsville Hospital and Kailos Genetics have teamed up to offer a COVID-19 test option through its Assure Sentinel and Peace of Mind programs. The programs are designed for non-symptomatic individuals who want to know if they are carrying the COVID-19 virus.
“It’s the second program we’ve put into place with Huntsville Hospital,” said Troy Moore, chief science officer at Kailos, which is headquartered at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. “The first program was focused on a return to work or return to school testing, on a routine basis. Then, we learned there were quite a few people that had a son or daughter going back to school or to college, or they’ve been around family members during the holidays, or they have a parent they are taking care of.
“This is a place where they could go if they have concerns, but not necessarily a known exposure event.”
In this partnership, the hospital staff will administer the test, collect samples, and deliver the results. Kailos will process the tests utilizing its Assure Sentinel program which can detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Assure Sentinel testing is painless and affordable and can detect viral infections in individuals before they become symptomatic. By reducing the potential for exposure, Sentinel testing helps to minimize the impact in the workplace, as well as in the community.
The best news is the process is a saline swish and gargle – the company’s ViraWash – to provide a viable sample. No long swab going up your nose – and it can be easily done in the workplace.
For more information, contact the Huntsville Hospital Clinical Lab at: 256-265-2LAB (2522).