The School of Informatics joins the TestEd project

[2021] Informatics staff and research students can support efforts to combat Covid-19 from their workplace.

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Informatics test booths

The School of Informatics is now participating in the TestEd project, which provides in-house asymptomatic Covid testing using saliva samples (no nasal swabs required).

Two test booths are now open in the Informatics Forum Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 12:30. Anyone who is a member of staff or a research student in Informatics can use these booths (even if their office is not in the Forum). Participants are encouraged to do two tests per week, spaced apart. The booths are self-service and written instructions are provided.

Participating in the project will make Informatics a safer place to work and contribute to containing the virus. It will also help the TestEd team in their efforts to develop new Covid testing methods.

TestEd is the Univeristy of Edinburgh project that aims to establish and evaluate a new high throughput method for detection of SARS-CoV-2 in participants' saliva, using a hypercube sample pooling strategy for detection.

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More information on registering and providing a sample