New coronavirus breathalyzer test in the works at University of Miami
November 20, 2020 at 19:40
Researchers at the University of Miami are working on a new COVID-19 test that they say will be quick, easy and painless.
“This is a totally non-invasive test that you just blow three times into a little breathalyzer.
"It can also distinguish whether or not there are other viral particles, such as the influenza virus.”The university is the first college in the nation to participate in this research.
It's running trials with its patients and students, but it hopes the test will be available to the general public soon.
“Right now, we are planning to do around 1,000 participants at the University of Miami and compare it with the gold standard testing to get a high accuracy rate.
I think that would provide us with strong data to go further and see its potential approval in the near future,” said Khemraj Hirani, a Miller School of Medicine researcher at the University of Miami.
Besides giving results much faster, the new test will also cost less.
Weiss said a standard nasal swab test costs upward of $100 to process in a laboratory.
This is really an opportunity for us to affect the way in which we can behave in society and coexist with this virus,” said Weiss.
Depending on the results, the new testing method could potentially receive emergency authorization from the FDA for use across the country.
Weiss said it could be just a matter of months until machines are readily available and approved by the FDA.
“The virus is very smart, but it will not outsmart the human mind,” Weiss said.