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Despite the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, some things have become more certain and familiar since our ‘new normal’ began. One such thing is COVID-19 testing, a topic much discussed and debated, but nevertheless hailed as one of the key tools for fighting the virus by tracking and slowing its spread.

In spite of some teething issues, COVID testing is now more prolific and more readily available via the NHS as well as accredited laboratories like AlphaBiolabs. Whilst there are certain conditions for accessing NHS tests, namely, the presence of COVID-specific symptoms, private COVID-19 testing can help anyone looking to test either themselves or their employees with or without symptoms.

Businesses are increasingly turning to workplace COVID testing as a way to buffer the threat and potential impacts of a second wave, to maintain a healthy workforce in the meantime and to reassure employees and new recruits. 

In fact, it’s becoming clearer that COVID-19 testing could become a deal breaker for employers and their employees from now onwards.

AlphaBiolabs COVID-19 testing for businesses

AlphaBiolabs has been specialising in laboratory-based testing services for workplaces since 2004, and is now providing tailored COVID-19 testing for businesses.

We offer three types of test to suit every employer – the rt PCR test, the Antigen test and the Antibody test. Together, the tests can determine current and past COVID-19 infections and can deliver onsite results in a little as 15 minutes, or via our world-class, dedicated COVID laboratory testing facility, in just 48 hours.

AlphaBiolabs has invested in this specialist facility and a team of scientist to bring rt PCR COVID testing – considered the gold standard in COVID testing – to employers.

The PCR test analyses a nose and throat sample for the presence of viral RNA. The sample is collected by the employee themselves or with the help of an occupational health practitioner, using an AlphaBiolabs sample collection kit, and returned to our laboratory in protective packaging. Once our laboratory confirms a conclusive result, it is emailed to the employer within 48 hours, revealing whether the sample donor has a current infection or is negative.

Antigen testing works similarly in that it determines a current, active infection of COVID-19, however, there is no laboratory process necessary and results are available within 15 minutes, via a lateral flow, immunoassay device included in the self-contained sample collection kit.

Both the PCR test and the Antigen test can determine whether an employee has an active case of COVID-19 and is therefore likely to be infectious to the rest of your workforce. Where an employee returns a positive result, employers can quickly put in place isolation measures to protect the rest of the team.

The Antibody test is quite different from the Antigen and PCR tests in that it looks for evidence of a previous COVID-19 infection, by analysing a finger-prick blood sample.

Like the Antigen test however, the Antibody test will return a result in just 15 minutes via a custom-built immunoassay device, when the blood sample is dropped into a sample well and mixes with a buffer solution.

The AlphaBiolabs’ Antibody test can identify an employee’s immunological response to a coronavirus infection from 21 days after exposure or from 7 days onwards after the onset of symptoms.

Where a result is positive, employers can begin to identify high-risk environments within their workplaces, or any patterns of infection meaning measures can be put in place to minimise future risks of transmission.

Call AlphaBiolabs today for more information about our workplace COVID-19 testing solutions, plus our range of workplace drug and alcohol tests which we have been delivering to employers for more than 15 years. Email: workplace@alphabiolabs.com or call, 0333 600 1300.

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AlphaBiolabs offers a range of COVID-19 testing options for private individuals and businesses