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
23rd February 2023
Lead exposure, through the contamination of drinking water, can have major health implications. It is vital that municipal authorities can employ accurate testing methods to identify sources of lead contamination. Multiple techniques including Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) and Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV) can be used to detect lead in water – in this article we review these methods in more detail.
8th February 2023
The human body needs small quantities of copper to function. But as well as being a nutrient, copper can also be harmful if consumed in large quantities. Palintest’s patented single use copper sensor, which can be used in our Kemio™ product range, can allow water utilities organisations to easily carry out testing for copper in-situ at consumers’ taps.