The current Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the need for reliable solutions for airborne contamination control in healthcare settings. Bertin Instruments has developed Coriolis μ , a cyclonic air sampler that can be used coupled with rapid microbiology techniques to detect airborne viruses, including coronaviruses. The Coriolis μ is used by Imperial College London scientists to analyze the level of SARS-CoV-2 in patients’ wards. Thanks to RT-qPCR analysis, researchers were able to detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA in 30% of the air samples collected with Coriolis μ. This is a very promising approach to environmental monitoring of airborne viruses within hospitals.

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