If you work in a facility that performs COVID-19 testing, then you are probably already very familiar with viral COVID-19 transport media. This refers to the collection tubes and other similar items that are used for storing and transporting samples that are taken from those who are being tested for COVID-19. Anyone who is involved with COVID-19 testing should understand the importance of having the right viral transport media and using the proper techniques when collecting and sending samples. If you don't quite understand the importance of proper viral transport media and techniques, you may want to continue reading.
Samples Could Be Lost
First of all, you should know that there is a possibility that COVID-19 samples could be lost before they ever arrive at the testing facility. Using the right media for storing the samples, having a plan for storing and shipping the samples without losing them, and handling them with care are all important to prevent this from happening.
Samples Could Be Mixed Up
When performing testing, there is a good chance that you will collect a lot of samples. After all, you might be planning on performing testing on a lot of people. If this is the case, then you will need to make sure that the samples are properly labeled so that they don't get mixed up. Some forms of media make it possible for you to write directly on the tube, while others make it easy for you to adhere to stickers and labels.
Samples Could Be Contaminated
Of course, when the samples arrive at the lab to be tested, it's important for those samples to not be contaminated. If they are, then the test results might not be accurate. As long as samples are collected, stored, and transported properly, and as long as testing is done as it should be, this should not be a problem.
Someone Could Get Sick
One big concern that you might have during the COVID-19 testing process is the possibility of one of the people who is performing the testing or working with the samples getting sick. Of course, this is definitely a concern if the samples are not kept sealed and stored properly. Encouraging sample collectors and anyone who works with the samples to wear gloves, change their gloves often, wash their hands, wear masks, and take other steps to keep themselves safe is important. Additionally, keeping the samples properly sealed up is also important.
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