Mass surveillance of SARS-COV-2 utilising self-collection swabs and high throughput laboratory techniques: An Australian case study of asymptomatic Year 12 students at the Qudos Bank Arena

A total of 15,519 participant performed self-collection of a novel nasal swab (Rhinoswab). They were subsequently tested on a mobile laboratory platform combining a liquid handler (Myra) with a thermocycler (micPCR) and SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR reagents. Roche Liat was implemented as a confirmation device.

A survey of 2,533 participants revealed:

  • 91% found self-collection easy to perform.
  • 1% reported discomfort.
  • 75% preferred self-collection.

The study concluded that self-collection techniques are preferred, protect healthcare workers and improve result turnaround times.