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Trusted science, proven technology

Before investing in a COVID-19 testing service or device, understand the science of viruses and what distinguishes an effective test that is designed to specifically detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from the others.

Accurate testing

DNA analysis is required to identify the two genetic markers of the SARS-CoV-2 virus strain. Many tests offer DNA analysis, but they are not specific nor sensitive enough to differentiate the COVID-19-causing strain from others. This results in “false positives” for COVID-19, when in fact, another, less-disruptive and less-serious virus strain (such as seasonal flu) may be present.

 
 

DNA-based testing Is the virus present?

Human testing
Yes
Environmental testing
Yes
Asymptomatic detection
Yes
Proven reliability
Yes

 

Temperature checks Is there a fever?

Human testing
Yes
Environmental testing
No
Asymptomatic detection
No
Proven reliability
No

 

Antibody Tests Have they had the virus?

Human testing
Yes
Environmental testing
No
Asymptomatic detection
No
Proven reliability
No

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Unmatched technology

To quickly and accurately test for SARS-CoV-2 within shared spaces, Songbird Life Science utilizes technology that identifies the distinct genetic markers of the COVID-19 DNA strain. This includes the Hyris bCUBE, approved by Health Canada for point-of-care testing in humans and on surfaces. Providing accurate results onsite in 90 minutes, the bCUBE meets CDC and WHO guidelines for effective testing.


Songbird Life Science testing devices are scientifically validated, meeting stringent criteria:

Specificity and sensitivity: To avoid misdiagnosis, Songbird testing devices correctly identify when the two genetic markers of COVID-19 are present (sensitivity) and when they are not (specificity). This is in accordance with CDC-approved methods.

User ease and accessibility: Testing devices used by Songbird are competitively priced to ensure wider access. When applicable, Songbird consultants provide onsite training to support independent deployment by users.

Repeatability and reproducibility: All Songbird testing devices are validated at multiple, world-renowned laboratories. Results from Songbird devices must be consistently matched (repeated and reproduced) when the same specimens are tested elsewhere.

Evidence and data: Songbird selects leading devices validated and in use at prestigious hospitals and laboratories around the world. Our chosen technology is certified and best-in-class, having consistently proven its accuracy.

Why Songbird? Ask a scientist

Dr. Steven Newmaster, Professor and Director of the Natural Health Products Research Alliance at the University of Guelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics explains how Songbird testing is different.

The tests used by Songbird Life Science are scientifically validated and the most accurate on the market. Considered the “gold standard” according to the CDC and WHO’s effective testing guidelines, Songbird testing prevents the likelihood of false negative or positive results.

The genetic testing used by Songbird detects molecules that are specific to SARS-CoV-2. It is characterized by its ability to detect a positive case (sensitivity), differentiate between different pathogens (specificity), and can be successfully repeated using standard operating protocols by different users and locations (reliability).

A sensitive test is less likely to provide a false-negative result and a specific test is less likely to provide a false-positive result. Songbird reports the “analytic” sensitivity and specificity of a test, which are based on the analysis of a set of known positive and negative samples.

The tests we use are highly specific because they are based on the unique genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2. If a test comes back positive, you can be confident that there was SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA in the specimen collected from the surface or person. This positive result indicates that there may be a risk to infecting others who come into contact with this person or areas that this person has touched.

The accuracy of a test is evaluated by sensitivity in DNA-based PCR analysis and is measured as limit of detection (LOD) with positive control tests against known standards. Sensitivity experiments are published and well defend RNA concentration along a dilution gradient.

Clinical trials using Songbird’s testing technology have demonstrated a very high sensitivity to even small concentrations, with over 95% accuracy versus control samples.

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