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Practio offers rapid de-centralised coronavirus testing for bars in Denmark
Denmark’s new “coronapas” has been implemented to ensure that infections remain low as the country opens up for business, and the scheme could see wider use across Europe during the summer.
In order to enter indoor spaces, football stadiums and concerts, Danish residents will have to provide proof of a negative test result within the last 72 hours, infection from coronavirus from 2 to 12 weeks previously, or proof of vaccination. This information is then stored on the coronapas app, and can be presented when required.
How does rapid testing at the bars work?
A test station has been set up within the brewpub in Copenhagen’s meatpacking district. In this small, isolated setup, the staff at the pub have been trained by Practio to carry out the simple test in accordance with hygiene and safety protocols.
The simple nasal test is currently being carried out on school students across the country and involves customers inserting a cotton swab themselves at around 2-3 cm into each nostril, then twisting it five times. Staff will then perform an analysis of the results.
The test offered by Practio costs just DKK 50 (a little less than £6), and the results are available within 15 minutes. After another 10 minutes, the results are available to customers on the coronapas app and also to health authorities. Customers even receive a free beer while they wait outside for their test result.
Practio directly supervises the training of staff to perform the tests and also provides tech support for reporting the results to health authorities.
The benefits of de-centralised testing
The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and a de-centralised rapid testing service offers people the opportunity to spontaneously go out without having to stop by a test centre first, as is required in Denmark.
Bars and restaurants, as well as other crowded indoor spaces, present some of the highest risks of infection. Scientific research suggests that aerosol transmission of coronavirus means that crowded indoor spaces are particularly hazardous, as coronavirus particles can likely remain airborne for long periods of time. According to Jonas Nilsen, MD and co-founder of Practio, “increased accessibility and more efficiency in testing, together with vaccination, is the key to bringing the pandemic to an end”.
Practio is a health-tech startup also based in Copenhagen, with offices in Portugal and the UK. Founded in 2015, it specialises in making healthcare services more accessible. The company has been running vaccination services in Danish and UK pharmacies since before the pandemic and has since begun offering COVID-19 antibody tests in Denmark.
Practio currently runs COVID-19 vaccination centres in the Liverpool area, and has recently won a contract to run private vaccination centres in the southern region of Denmark.
“We are committed to providing more accessible testing to the public, and make it easier for people to get tested,” explains Nilsen. “Our initial service is in cooperation with Mikkeller, but over the next days and weeks we would like to partner with many more bars and restaurants”.