Transmission occurs via respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes within a range of about 1.8 meters, but also through speaking, indoors, with little air flow. Indirect contact via contaminated surfaces is another possible cause of infection. Most common symptoms are fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, sore throat and headache. In worst cases there can be difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, loss of speech or mobility, or confusion and chest pain leading to hospitalization and possibly death.
The HYRIS bKIT™ Virus Finder COVID-19 is a real-time RT-PCR assay intended to be used as near-patient testing on the HYRIS bCUBE™ instrument and HYRIS bAPP™ for the in-vitro diagnostic qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid in human upper respiratory tract specimens such as, nasopharyngeal swabs (NPS) , nasal swabs (NS), and a combination of oropharyngeal swabs (OPS) and NPS , and oropharyngeal and NS specimens collected by a healthcare professional from individuals suspected of COVID-19 disease. The assay is intended for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, which is generally present in detectable quantity in upper respiratory specimens during the acute phase of the disease.