Butantan Performs PCR Test Drive-Thru for Coronavirus Diagnosis

07/30/2020 - Between July 30 and August 3, the Butantan Institute, linked to the São Paulo State Health Secretariat, will promote a free drive-through of PCVID-19 PCR diagnostic testing for the population at Shopping SP Market, located in the South Zone of São Paulo. The action is a pilot and aimed at asymptomatic people to detect the presence of the virus, that is, the test will check whether the person has an acute infection.

The testing will take place from 8 am to 5 pm in the parking lot of the mall, where passwords will be distributed to carry out the limit of 200 tests per day. Only passenger cars will be allowed. Participants will fill out a form and have samples of the nostrils and throat collected by a team of Butantan technicians for analysis in the Institute's own laboratory. After collection, the results will be sent within 72 hours by email.

“There is guidance from the World Health Organization to carry out as many tests as possible. And Butantan has been working intensively to this end, coordinating the Covid-19 Diagnostic Laboratories Platform in the State of São Paulo, carrying out testing actions on vulnerable populations, among others. The one we are starting now is still a pilot, but it aims to democratize access to the test. If this experience proves successful, we intend to expand it ”, says the director of the Butantan Institute, Dimas Covas.

Testing in the State of São Paulo

The Butantan Institute is a reference in carrying out diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus in the State of São Paulo. Since April, he coordinates the Platform for Laboratories for the Diagnosis of COVID-19, responsible for processing PCR exams from the state public health network, even supporting other states. It also coordinates a testing program on vulnerable populations, such as indigenous and peripheral communities, for example, in addition to some categories of civil servants with the aim of combating the spread of the virus in these groups.