This Breath Test Can Detect Whether You Have COVID-19 in Just 3 Minutes
Rapid testing for COVID-19 has become part of many Americans’ lives since late 2021, but now, a new COVID-19 breath test might make it even more convenient to get tested. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 breath test that can detect chemical compounds associated with SARS-CoV-2 in just three minutes. According to the FDA, the InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer is around the size of a “piece of carry-on luggage,” and can be used in locations where the patient’s sample is collected and analyzed by a qualified health care provider authorized to prescribe tests, like hospitals, mobile testing sites, and doctor’s offices.
But how accurate will the results be? The COVID-19 breath test was used in a study of 2,409 patients, a group that included those with and without COVID-19 symptoms. The breathalyzer correctly identified 91% of positive samples and 99% of negative samples. In a follow-up clinical study, the tool correctly detected the omicron variant with similar levels of accuracy. Research has found that rapid antigen tests correctly identified 93% of positive samples and 99% of negative samples, so in this sense, the breathalyzer and rapid antigen tests have similar levels of accuracy.
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