The COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test can be a positive, local doctor weighs in
The COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test can be a positive, local doctor weighs in

The COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test can be a positive, local doctor weighs in

DELMARVA – More resources may be on the way when it comes to testing for COVID-19, after tthe US Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use permit for the first InspectIR COVID-19 breathalyzer test.

The test detects chemical compounds in breath samples associated with the virus and can give results in less than 3 minutes. It can be useful in doctor’s offices and mobile test sites.

In one study, the test was found to have identified positive samples more than 91% of the time and negative samples almost 100% of the time. The FDA advises patients to confirm positive results with a PCR test.

A local doctor at Atlantic General Hospital said this is good news and may be helpful in the future.

“It seems like it would be a lot easier to stay well-supplied if we have another outbreak or increase and demand a lot of testing at once, so it’s very exciting,” said Dr. Sally Dowling from Atlantic General Hospital. .

Dr. Dowling said this new device could also be useful for certain people who have difficulty with COVID-19 testing of nasal swabs, such as children, the elderly or those who have trouble getting enough oxygen if their nose is clogged.

Manufacturers said it will take 10 to 12 weeks for these breathalyzers to be made.


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