“It was so difficult not to play for months,” Kwok, a member of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), said after being tested. “But the moment that we were able to have this kind of testing at this regularity, meaning we could just come back to work and feel comfortable and safe, really made a huge difference for us,” Kwok told Reuters.
“I was so thrilled. I can’t describe it really,” she added ahead of a rehearsal attended by around 40 musicians, all masked and still observing social distancing rules.
“For example the London Symphony Orchestra, key to the arts industry, they need to rehearse together. Just having one bubble test or a couple of bubble tests for the entire orchestra means they can be tested on the day of rehearsals,” he said.
Testing more than one phlegm sample at a time significantly increases testing capacity, maximizing the number of people who can be tested over a given period while using fewer testing resources.
DNANudge is providing Britain’s National Health Service with nearly six million rapid COVID-19 test kits at a not-for-profit cost price but it’s also making them available to people without symptoms seeking reassurance on whether they could be infectious, including key workers and travellers.