LEAD Horizon: How Vienna gargles out of lockdown

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VIENNA, July 12, 2021 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --


Success model of the PCR testing system in Vienna could be rolled out worldwide


With the initiative "everything gargles" Vienna got through the pandemic better

in comparison to other European cities. Every day, up to 70.000 people

participate in the simple gargle PCR testing to inquire their Covid-19 status.

Following the example of Vienna, low-threshold access to PCR tests could also

be rolled out in other countries and especially in schools.


Get free test kits from the store, gargle, put it back in the package, bring it

to the nearest store and find out the test result within 24 hours. Since

January these PCR tests have been part of the Viennese everyday life. The

Austrian company LEAD Horizon developed the high-quality PCR test using a

throat rinsing fluid and a web app.


The World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention

and Control also draw attention to the effectiveness of these gargle tests:

They place the saliva sample as equivalent to a nasopharyngeal swab -

especially when screening asymptomatic individuals. "Saliva sampling is easy,

non-invasive and self-conducted, but it is also proven to be more accurate than

antigen testing", says Dr. Christoph Steininger, virologist, infectiologist and

internist at the university hospital in Vienna and co-founder of LEAD Horizon.


Due to the uncomplicated handling and the more precise results in comparison to

antigen nose swab tests, school projects are currently running in Austria and

Slovakia. Based on the success model in Vienna, LEAD Horizon developed a

specific software for schools in order to be able to master this challenge from

autumn onwards.


Detailed information, pictures, video:

www.minc.at/how-vienna-gargles-out-of-lockdown/, www.allesgurgelt.at,




About LEAD Horizon


LEAD Horizon is an Austrian company that was founded by Assoc.-Prof. med.

Christoph Steininger and Michael Putz. Together with business partners, they

have developed the patent-pending personalized self-test set for determining

Covid-19 using a throat rinsing fluid and under the guidance of a web app. With

this PCR testing, they offer a suitable solution for carrying out a large

number of tests in a low-threshold, time-saving and convenient way.



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