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). COVID-19 is a new strain that has not previously been seen in humans.
The 2019 Coronavirus, has now spread to many countries and territories, including the UK. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts to control this virus, the latest reports suggest the death toll has risen to more than 15,000, with over 358,000 confirmed cases. On 11th March 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.
With governments around the world doing all possible to limit the impact of COVID-19, our products are playing an important role in controlling and preventing the spread of this virus.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, China 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. Supporting the early efforts to control the virus, 100s of water testing kits were sent to provinces all over China.
We have also been working closely with agencies to ensure effective disinfection in key COVID-19 hotspots. This can be challenging, with the potential risk of operators being exposed to Coronavirus. Our Kemio™ technology has helped to reduce the risk to the operator as it requires minimal handling of the sample. The test is easy to perform and can be completed in a few simple steps: scan the sensor, insert the sensor, fill the sample and close the lid for a reading. The true simplicity of the test allows it to be performed by an operator wearing a full hazmat suit. In these critical situations, it is very important to minimise sample handling, and because of this Kemio™ has been highly recommended by many end-users.
Chinese EPA performing testing in Hubei, the centre of the virus
The safety of our employees remains our paramount concern, and we have implemented several new measures to ensure that our team is safe and is properly supported by Palintest as the situation evolves. Social distancing has been implemented across all our sites, with many of our staff now home-based. Despite these changes, our global team is on hand to support you at any stage by phone or email.
For now, we remain committed to supporting you at this difficult time. We are closely following the government and WHO advice for any further updates and are ready to react to further developments.
For the full statement from our Managing Director, Kim Thye Lee, please click here.
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact us.
26th June 2020
In this series of webinars, we discuss how Kemio Disinfection is used to advance disinfectant analysis and validation in different food and beverage applications.
5th June 2020
In this article we take a look at lead contamination cases, what caused contamination, assess the risks associated with lead contamination and what you can do to prevent people from drinking contaminated water
28th May 2020
We are delighted to be offering a range of webinars to help you learn more about water safety and how to improve your water testing procedures. Our webinars will cover a range of topics including water chemistry, application-focused testing and product training. Click here to view the full webinar schedule for June 2020.