Breath-Based COVID-19 Testing Appears on the Horizon
A team of researchers from Ohio State University has appliedto the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency useauthorization for its proprietary COVID-19 breath-based test.
A team of researchers from Ohio State University has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for its proprietary COVID-19 breath-based test. The device samples a person’s breath for key biomarkers that indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Aside from being portable and easy to use, such testing would be more comfortable for patients than current COVID-19 assays that require swabbing the nasal cavity or throat. One possible roadblock is that while evidence suggests the accuracy of COVID-19 breath testing is generally good, the consumption of certain foods, as well as alcohol and tobacco, may hinder the veracity of test results.
From Decisions in Dentistry. September 2021;7(9)8.