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COVID-19 Sample Collection and Transport Resources

October 23, 2020

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we have received many inquiries about which types of swabs, media, and kits can be used for COVID-19 sample collection before testing. Below we have a short guide on which COPAN products meet the CDC and FDA Guidelines. All testing for COVID-19 should be conducted in consultation with a healthcare provider.

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Experts Weigh in On the Evolving Age of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Diagnostics

May 15, 2020

A new article in Clinical Microbiology Newsletter reviews the current role of emergent Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies in microbiology diagnostic testing. The authors of the article examined the increasingly prevalent use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in our day-to-day lives and explored the role of AI in digital image analysis of parasitology samples, gram stains, and bacterial culture. The article also reviews the state of AI technologies in fields of MALDI-TOF mass spectral data analysis and genome sequencing.

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COPAN Streamlines Production to Yield Maximum Output of Viral Transport Kits for Collection of Upper Respiratory Samples, Including COVID-19

February 28, 2020

Brescia, Italy February 28, 2020 – With the surging demand for sample collection kits for diagnosing COVID-19 and other upper respiratory tract pathogens, COPAN is concentrating its efforts on strategic items to maximize product output and supply during the ongoing…

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Do My Microbes Love You? How Your Bacteria Affect Your Love Life

February 14, 2020

In November, we explored how our microbes have a tremendous influence on our nutrition, immunity, and overall well-being (Click to read the article in case you missed it). In honor of Valentine’s Day, we take a more in-depth look into…

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Best Practices for Sample Collection for Respiratory Specimens, Including Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

February 10, 2020

With the current rise in flu cases and possible spread of emerging respiratory viruses, like the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), laboratories and healthcare providers can expect another very busy flu season. The  2019-2020 flu season is on track to be one…

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CDC Recommends Nasopharyngeal Swabs AND Oropharyngeal Swabs as Suitable for Upper Respiratory Tract Specimens for Investigations of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

January 31, 2020

On January 30th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) held its second meeting in Geneva of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). During the meeting the committee agreed that the outbreak constitutes a…

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Providers, Trainers, and Defenders: The Hidden Role of Your Microbes to be Thankful For

November 1, 2019

Halloween has come and gone, shifting our attention to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to celebrate together with friends and family and to reflect on the relationships we are grateful for in our lives. Yet few people recognize some…

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The Spooky Microbe Monsters Among Us

October 28, 2019

It’s nearly Halloween, a time to celebrate by donning costumes, carving pumpkins, and watching horror films. The Fall Season is a perfect time to gather around a warm fire and tell spooky stories about our favorite monsters. Although monsters like…

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Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Influenza Season

August 31, 2018

Preparing for the 2018 – 2019 Influenza Season

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Liquid Based Microbiology is the Key to Optimal Automation Utilization

August 24, 2018

Laboratories can optimize their automation utilization with COPAN LBM products

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Candida auris, An Emerging Superbug Fungus Quickly on the Rise?

February 12, 2018

Candida auris is a new superbug fungus on the rise.

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The Preanalytical Phase of Microbiology is Paving the Way to Improved Patient Care

December 4, 2017

Specimen collection and transport for laboratory testing are the initial steps in determining diagnosis and treatment.

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Dishing Up Food Safety for Thanksgiving: Keep the Meal Safe and Tasty

November 22, 2017

Food poisoning is probably the last thing on anyone’s mind as they tuck into some tasty turkey smothered in gravy and savory stuffing.

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The Spooky Truth About the Gut

October 31, 2017

It’s Halloween and while ghosts, ghouls and skeletons are on the mind, do you know what’s really spooky? That what lies in your gut may be a predicator of your health.

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A United Front and Optimistic Spirit is Helping Puerto Rico Heal After Hurricane Maria

October 27, 2017

With hashtags like #VamoArribaPR and #VamosPaArribaPorPuertoRico, residents of this island are announcing to the world that “Puerto Rico will rise above” the devastation brought upon their home by Hurricane Maria.

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September Means Fall and Babies, Lots of Babies

September 28, 2017

Apparently, many Americans spend the holidays doing more than hanging up stockings and trimming the tree. September happens to wear the noteworthy title of “most popular birth month in the United States”. Count back nine months and … you get the point.

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Experts Say Australia’s Influenza Epidemic is Bad News for the North

September 12, 2017

As Australia continues to fight a record-breaking flu epidemic, many individuals are left wondering what this means for the rest of the world. Will those living in the Northern Hemisphere also suffer a similar plight? The short answer is: yes.

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To Phub or Not To Phub: How Dirty is Your Cell Phone?

September 1, 2017

The smart phone, it’s an adult’s security blanket. The clear majority of adults, and increasingly kids and teens, rarely part with their cell phones. We drag them everywhere, apparently even, into that most private of areas: the restroom.

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Is Australia’s Early Flu Epidemic a Predictor for the Northern Hemisphere 2017-2018 Season?

August 25, 2017

The flu is hitting down under much earlier and harder this year. More than 94,000 confirmed cases of influenza have already been reported in Australia. That’s a record breaking number for the country more well-known for beautiful beaches, kangaroos, and Steve Irwin than snotty noses, coughs and fevers.

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From Space to Surface! SRK® Sticks the Landing with Surface Sampling Simplified!

July 6, 2017

In a recent study, researchers used COPAN’s Swab Rinse Kit (SRK) to assess the microbial levels in the International Space Station and discovered some potentially hazardous pathogens.

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Optimizing Workflow in a Post-WASPLab® World

June 23, 2017

A recent study reveals that COPAN’s automation will decrease costs and errors, while increasing efficiency and employee satisfaction in the clinical Microbiology lab.

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Mycoplasma genitalium: The Guest You Don’t Want to Bring Home…

June 16, 2017

COPAN flocked swabs can help with the detection of M. genitalium

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Have You Heard that Sitting is the New Smoking? Get up and Move with WASPLab’s Clever Canister Plate Delivery System

May 26, 2017

A pack of Camels or a day spent sitting down? Those hours clocked in chairs are maybe just as deadly as that pack of Camel cigarettes.

Multiple studies point out that time in the chair can lead to a whole host of medical problems. COPAN designed its automation with a canister system for more mobility and to give labs more flexibility to grow.

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Ask ESwab: Is Having Money a Health Hazard?

May 12, 2017

Study investigates the microbes left on New York City currency using COPAN ESwab and metagenomic sequencing

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

March 28, 2017

Unlike other bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses, Listeria monocytogene thrives and survives in cold environments.
Listeria infection, or listeriosis, caused by eating items contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, is the third leading cause of food poisoning death in the United States.Regular sampling of surfaces, equipment and ingredients are essential to maintaining a safe food supply.

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