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


DELMARVA — More resources could be coming our way when it comes to testing for COVID-19, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization 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 medical offices and mobile testing sites.

In a study, the test was shown 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 great news and could be helpful in the future.

“It would seem that it would be much easier to keep well supplied if we do have another outbreak or surge and demand for a lot of testing at one time, so that’s very exciting,” Dr. Sally Dowling, with Atlantic General Hospital, said.

Dr. Dowling said this new device could also be helpful for certain people that have a hard time with COVID-19 testing nasal swabs, like children, the elderly, or those who have trouble getting enough oxygen if their nose is obstructed.

Manufacturers said it will take 10 to 12 weeks before these breathalyzers are made.

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