Not All COVID-19 Surface Testing Is The Same

As businesses and organizations are developing plans to address the COVID-19 outbreak, many are looking to include surface testing into their protocols. Surface testing, especially in high touch areas, is critical in curbing the spread of COVID-19, especially since the virus can live on some surfaces for up to 17 days. With numerous testing methods being discussed as potential options for surface testing protocols, it is important to understand how the tests work. 

ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) Swab Testing

ATP swab testing, identifies the presence of Adenosine Triphosphate, the primary energy molecule that is present in all living organisms, which viruses are not. There is no Adenosine Triphosphate present in SARS-CoV-2, the viral cause of COVID-19. In addition, research exists that suggests that the reliability of these test may be compromised by the chemistry of certain cleaners and disinfectants.  

RT-PCR (Polymerase-Chain-Reaction) Testing

RT-PCR tests can detect a small amount of genetic material, including a specific virus. This level of detail allows for this type of testing to be able to specifically identify the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, both living and dead. This is critical because it shows if the area was or is currently contaminated.

Aftermath’s Commercial Verifiable Surface Testing

Aftermath’s Verifiable Surface Testing uses RT-PCR technology to determine the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the viral cause of COVID-19, on fomites (objects likely to carry diseases) and hard surfaces. Surface testing is an extra layer of measurability and accountability, and is imperative to both proactive controls and the efficacy of containment measures. This process can be done pre or post-disinfection, and is recommended to be performed on a regularly scheduled basis after preventative disinfection. 

Aftermath is Here to Help 24/7 With Commerical COronavirus Disinfection

If you think an employee or customer has visited your business and exhibited symptoms of coronavirus, Aftermath’s COVID-19 disinfection technicians are here to help. We’re available 24/7 and are just a few hours away from your initial call. We are able to fully remediate coronavirus from frequently touched surfaces in the workplace. Our business was built on keeping you safe from the unseeable — we understand that the health and safety of you, your family, and employees are on the line. Don’t take any chances; call in the professionals at 877-769-6917.