Result within 12 minutes for 300 crowns. Retirement homes in Brno use new South Korean tests for covid-19 | iROZHLAS

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From Thursday, Brno homes for the elderly can start testing their employees and clients for covid-19 faster and several times a week. A shipment of special equipment from South Korea arrived on Thursday morning. Distribution to the Czech Republic was provided by the non-profit company Podané ruce. The result of new tests is completed within 12 minutes, the accuracy is over 90% and one test costs three hundred crowns.




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Brno homes for the elderly can test clients and employees for covid-19 | faster Photo: Tomáš Kremr | Source: Czech Radio

“At the moment, the municipality has taken 12 devices and over two thousand tests. The device can treat 40 different diseases, such as diabetes, so those homes for the elderly can use it even after the covid period, “Jindřich Vobořil, director of the non-profit organization Podané ruce, unpacks the cardboard boxes. Inside the cartons are the devices and test sets themselves, for which others go to the municipality.

Listen: Homes for the elderly in Brno today received South Korean devices that can quickly and cheaply detect covid-19

The director of the Podpěrov nursing home in Brno-Medlánky, Vlasta Hrabcová, takes home a large box with a device and seven smaller boxes with sampling rods and other material.

“The result of this test should be within 12 minutes, which is absolutely amazing. We tested once a week and only staff. We used Chinese rapid tests, which were not so reliable. And we waited for laboratory PCR tests for maybe ten days, and all that time we were in uncertainty, “Hrabcová specifies.

The device looks like a small white cash register with a touch screen, into which a stick with a sample taken from the nose is inserted. According to Helping Hands, the technology is more accurate than Chinese speed tests.

“Here the sensitivity is higher, for rapid tests that are already being withdrawn from sale, it was around 40 or 50%, here it is over 90%. The technology works differently, we recommend a PCR test for positive cases. These are, of course, the safest, but they last for several hours, there are not many of them and it is a long time to wait for them, “explains Vobořil.

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„My jsme si přístroje od pana Vobořila prohlédli a vzhledem k tomu, že nejsou tak drahé, rozhodli jsme se, že si domovy seniorů budou moct technologii koupit z vlastních zdrojů. Sama jsem si ověřila, že to funguje, protože mě přístroj identifikoval jako pozitivní s nákazou koronavirem, což pak potvrdil i PCR test,“ dodává brněnská primátorka Markéta Vaňková z ODS. Podle ní není vyloučené, že by podobné zařízení koupilo město i pro své jiné sociální služby.

Podané ruce přístroj v minulých týdnech zkoušely. Odhalily díky němu třeba nákazu v Domově seniorů Kociánka, kde má covid-19 skoro 30 lidí a dva lidé podle zjištění deníku N na nemoc zemřeli.

Rychlejší testování má podobným situacím zabránit. Podle Vobořila se první testovací provoz strojů osvědčil a zatím nevyhodnotil žádný pozitivní výsledek falešně. Díky levnějšímu způsobu analýzy můžou sociální služby provádět testování opakovaně několikrát týdně.

Tomáš Kremr

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