The first two buses used for nucleic acid sampling and testing were put into use Sunday in Xicheng district and Chaoyang district in Beijing, the capital of China. The vehicles can drive to neighborhoods, residential housing complexes and workplaces, making it convenient for people to be tested.
The buses have five testing windows that can be opened or closed, depending on the number of people who need tests. When all windows are in operation, the buses can gather throat swab samples from 200 to 300 people an hour.
The interior space is divided into a driving and monitoring area, a sample receiving area, and a rest area for medical staff. Up to four groups of medical staff work at the same time. With a constant room temperature of 20°C and well-maintained ventilation and sterilization, medical staff are able to work in a comfortable environment.
In addition, the storage boxes for collecting samples and discarded medical protective clothing are neatly arranged. This not only ensures the orderly placement of testing equipment, but also allows the safe handling of waste products during the testing process.
"This is a mobile sampling and testing station. Residents who find it inconvenient to travel for testing can easily receive service at their doorstep,” said Deputy Director of Exhibition Road Hospital Zhang Kehong.
Fully equipped medical staff working at an outdoor testing site in this hot season in Beijing will be dripping with sweat, and have to take a break after working for two hours. But in the bus, the temperature of 20°C greatly improves the comfort of the medical staff, and they can work three to four hours shifts before resting.
(Compiled by Yang Shiqi)