**By end of the next day after the sample is received
The following limitations apply to the Helix COVID-19 Test:
- This test has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by the authorized laboratory;
- This test has been authorized only for the detection of nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens;
- Testing is limited to the Helix Laboratory located at 9875 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 which is certified under Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), 42 U.S.C. §263a, and meets requirements to perform high complexity tests.
- This test has not been FDA cleared or approved;
- Specimens that are self-collected will not be tested with an internal control to confirm that the specimen was properly collected. Self-collected specimens from SARS-CoV-2 positive individuals may yield negative results if the specimen was not collected properly; and
- This test is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.
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A flexible and scalable solution
Helix is helping communities and health systems safely navigate through this pandemic by leveraging our state-of-the-art CLIA / CAP lab to provide an end-to-end, highly scalable solution to detect active COVID-19 infections.
Simplified on-site operations
Our recently expanded EUA enables both supervised and unsupervised self-collection on-site—meaning no healthcare professional is required to be on-site—which helps education and employer partners significantly streamline their operations and decrease their collection costs.
High-sensitivity molecular testing
A recent report from the FDA comparing more than 75 other tests demonstrated that the Helix® COVID-19 Test is one of the most sensitive on the market.
Highly automated clinical laboratory
The Helix Laboratory, a CLIA/CAP facility with a demonstrated track record of powering high volume genomic projects, has a high-throughput, automated accessioning process and is scaling to 100,000 tests per day.
Beyond just testing
Helix is able to support its partners with additional services as needed, including a local and national courier service and insurance billing and reimbursement
An end-to-end COVID-19 test system
An end-to-end, highly scalable solution to detect active COVID-19 infections
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, Helix researchers are shifting focus and resources to helping to advance our collective knowledge, including evaluating alternative sample collection approaches and exploring the genetics of COVID-19 pathophysiology.
Modeling the impact of
COVID-19 surveillance testing
In addition to social distancing measures, suppression of SARS-CoV-2 depends on surveillance testing and quarantine of infected individuals to break chains of transmission within a population. Here, we model what impact surveillance testing could have under various conditions.
Saliva testing less sensitive than
NPS in the community
Given Helix’s experience with automated, high throughput processing of saliva samples, Helix investigated the feasibility of saliva as a collection type. Unfortunately, in a prospective study conducted with Renown Health and UCSD, saliva lacked sufficient sensitivity in community populations and Helix is therefore focused on nasal swabs. Helix’s data is consistent with other studies in the community setting, where saliva has lower sensitivity than nasal swabs using RT-PCR.
Genetics of COVID-19 pathophysiology
In an analysis of phenotypic data related to COVID-19 (collected via a recent survey), Helix researchers have found preliminary evidence for a new COVID-19 symptom: Sensitive skin. Respondents who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 reported experiencing sensitive skin much more frequently than people who tested negative (40% vs 7%). This represents an approximately 6-fold enrichment, making it similarly as predictive of COVID-19 as the loss of sense of taste or smell symptom.
GWAS of severe COVID-19 symptoms
Data from the Exome+ assay as well as an ongoing phenotypic survey of research consented participants is contributing to studies done through the Host Genetics Initiative. One recent study leveraged this data to support the finding of an association between a specific gene cluster and COVID-19 severity.
Interferon signaling and the severity of COVID-19
In two studies recently published in Science Magazine, an international team of researchers—including multiple Helix scientists—make a strong case that type 1 interferons (IFNs) are essential to control SARS-CoV-2; that diminished IFN response is a cause of severe symptoms; and that auto-antibodies to cytokines can lead to immunodeficiencies.
Predicted COVID-19 positivity based on symptoms
In this study, researchers in the Netherlands collaborated with Helix researchers to examine symptoms in COVID-19 patients and whether these could be used to predict who among them will test positive for COVID-19. This study validates a previous model and demonstrates how this could be used to in diverse cohorts to expand the power of GWAS studies.