With new rapid Covid-19 test, London Symphony anticipates return to live performance

Posted on: September 15, 2020

“DnaNudge, developer of the new rapid, lab-free CovidNudge test, has announced a partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra, delivering regular COVID-19 testing to its 120 musicians, which will enable the ensemble to make a return to live performance,” reads an unsigned article in Monday’s (9/14) The Strad (U.K.). “DnaNudge is performing the testing—which delivers results in just over an hour—exclusively for the LSO … to help support the UK arts and cultural sector’s safe re-opening…. The orchestra completed CovidNudge testing prior to beginning its first group rehearsal sessions at LSO St Luke’s, held in preparation for the LSO’s 2020 BBC Prom concert broadcast live on 30 August 2020. Regular testing will continue for the rest of the year…. … The CovidNudge RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test … delivers accurate results in just over an hour, without the need for a laboratory, via both nasal and saliva swab samples. DnaNudge began an initial deployment of the CovidNudge test in eight London hospitals…. The test is now being rolled out UK-wide by the Department of Health and Social Care in NHS urgent patient care and elective surgery settings, plus out-of-hospital locations.”