Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain that has not previously been seen in humans.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which originated in China has now spread to more than 20 countries, including the UK. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts to control this virus, the latest reports suggest the death toll has risen to more than 900, with over 40,000 confirmed cases.
We would like to inform you first and foremost that our team in China are safe and healthy. We have taken extra precautions to ensure our employee’s safety, including home working and shipping additional safety supplies. The situation is being monitored closely and they are in regular contact with both Palintest HQ and our regional branches; offering assistance where required.
With the government doing all possible to limit the impact of Coronavirus, our products are playing an important role in controlling and preventing the spread of this virus. So far, we have sent over 300 water testing kits to provinces including Hubei, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Hebei, Liaoning Shanghai and Zhejiang. The Palintest team is available at all times to give technical support to frontline staff from Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and hospitals, who are using our instruments.
Wastewater is an extremely dangerous source of pathogen pollution. In response to the virus China has released an emergency treatment plan for hospital wastewater, instructing that all sewage disposal from hospitals must be strictly disinfected and the level of residual chlorine must be kept higher than 6.5mg/L in the contact chamber. It is a challenging situation with the potential risk of EPA employees becoming exposed to Coronavirus. Our Kemio™ technology has helped to reduce the risk to the operator, with the test easy to perform and requiring no sample preparation; minimising the time required to do testing. In these critical situations, it is very important to shorten exposure to dangerous environments, and because of this Kemio has been highly recommended by many end users.
We will continue to support the government and Palintest China in every way we can. Palintest kits will continue to be distributed throughout China to help control and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. To better support government efforts we have adapted our instruction and video guides for total chlorine testing and wastewater testing in hospitals.
If you have any further questions about our response to Coronavirus or how to reach our Palintest China team, please contact us.
Chinese EPA performing testing in Hubei, the centre of the virus
13th February 2020
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