Testing Protocols

Each team member will be PCR tested for Covid prior to arrival and on designated dates throughout the run of the production.

 

About PCR Testing: Molecular tests look for pieces of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if the person has an active infection. These tests detect disease by looking for traces of the virus’ genetic material on a sample most often collected via a nose or throat swab. PCR tests can be used to determine who has an active infection, and it can help identify people who are contagious to others.

 

How it works: This test uses a sample of mucus, looking for the coronavirus's genetic material. The test uses a technology called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which greatly amplifies the viral genetic material if it is present. That material is detectable when a person is actively infected.

 

About Antigen Testing: The Sofia SARS Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay (FIA) uses advanced immunofluorescence-based lateral flow technology in a sandwich design for the qualitative detection of nucleocapsid protein from SARS-CoV-2. The Sofia SARS Antigen FIA, with the Sofia 2 and Sofia analyzers, provides automated and objective results in 15 minutes, allowing for testing of patients suspected of COVID-19/2019-nCoV in near-patient testing environments. This test will show positive when a person is actively infected.

 

Generally speaking, these are the most reliable tests. However, a few days may pass before the virus starts replicating in the throat and nose, so the test won't identify someone who has recently been infected. And swabs can sometimes fail to pick up signs of active infection, which is why it is continuous testing is ideal for providing the safest work environment.

 

The tests that will be conducted will be via nasopharyngeal swab. The technician will gingerly put a special 6-inch cotton swab up both sides of your nose and move it around for about 15 seconds. It won't hurt, but it might be uncomfortable.  The University of Vermont Health says it’s like “laughing soda out of your nose — that warm, fuzzy feeling.”

 

Before the test, take a deep breath in and as you exhale, close your eyes. Our bodies tend to be more relaxed when we exhale, and the more relaxed you are, the smoother the test will go. It can also help to tell the technician if you’re feeling a bit nervous beforehand, so they can help you feel more at ease.

 

Remember, no matter how uncomfortable, it only lasts a few seconds.

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