Singapore approves Covid breath test which gives immediate result – fr

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Singapore approves Covid breath test which gives immediate result – fr


A breath test designed to detect Covid-19 and give accurate results within one minute has been approved for use in Singapore, National University of Singapore said in A declaration.
The test, developed by NUS spin off Breathonix startup, works much like a standard breathalyzer test that police could use to see if an erratic driver is drunk. A person blows into a one-way valve mouthpiece and the compounds in the person’s breathing – think of it as a respiratory signature – are compared by machine learning software to the type of respiratory signature one would expect from a person. positive person to Covid. .

Singapore will screen inbound travelers from Malaysia at the Tuas checkpoint on the west side of the island in a breathalyzer deployment trial, the The Straits Times reported. Anyone with a positive breath test result will be screened in a confirmatory swab PCR test. Singapore is currently screening applicants with rapid antigen testing, which would continue alongside breathalyzer testing.

Accurate speed testing could be the key to helping unlock a travel sector that slowed to a ramp during the pandemic. Even as the United States and parts of Europe begin to reopen with higher viral loads, Singapore and other ‘Covid-Zero’ countries in Asia have been reluctant to open borders and have severely cracked down on any sign of it. spurts.

Read more: ‘Covid Zero ‘Havens finds reopening more difficult than taming the virus

The Breathonix test has so far been the subject of three clinical trials, two in Singapore and another to Dubai. It achieved 93% sensitivity and 95% specificity in an initial Singapore-based pilot study that involved 180 patients.

– With the help of Ranjeetha Pakiam

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