There is nothing people want more right now than a return to normal. By this time most of us have had enough of this surreal “new normal” where masked people tread carefully amongst each other, avoiding nearness, spraying down surfaces, using hand sanitizer, avoiding theaters, indoor restaurants, bars, and concerts, working from home and becoming far more familiar with Zoom than they ever imagined. But what does “normal” really look like? And more importantly, how can we get there (quickly, please!)?
The fact is, that it is, and always has been, a numbers game – with laboratory testing squarely at the center of it all. Testing identifies COVID-19 cases, and case reduction when/if restrictions on activities are relaxed. The problem is, what can businesses do to monitor their workforce to determine what measures are working and which aren’t, plan for returning employees to office-based work, and generally get the metrics they need to regain control?
Up until now, the only options for testing have been public health testing sites or through the private healthcare system, and in some cases via drugstore clinics; and they all funnel to a few, over-worked labs.
But now businesses, schools, colleges, churches, and other organizations can, for the first time, set up their sample collection, processing, and reporting systems, linked to a wide distribution of labs in the laboratory network. This network has been developed by laboratory industry leader LabLynx, Inc. The logistics involved in setting up testing and processing infrastructures can be time-consuming and expensive, as well as involve skill sets outside the core capabilities of most businesses or organizations. LabLynx’s overall COVIDLiMS Solution Suite are essential “infrastructure-in-a-box” – packaged systems that allow live operation in three weeks or less.