Singapore approves Covid Breath

Singapore approves Covid Breath




Singapore has approved a covid breath test which detects covid-19 and shows the accurate results in less than a minute.

Who developed the test?

The test has been developed by a start-up called Breathonix.

About the test kit

The test kit works in a manner similar to standard breathalyzer test which is used by police to check for erratic drunken drivers. To test, a person first blows into a one-way valve mouthpiece. Then, compounds in a person’s breath are compared through machine learning software. It compares against a sort of breath signature which is a symptom of a person who is Covid-positive.

How is the Singapore test currently?

Before this test kit was approved Singapore was screening the incoming travellers with antigen rapid tests. Now, a breath test will be used to screen incoming travellers from Malaysia.

Significance of the test

Breath test provided accurate tests within a minute. This will help in opening the travel sector which has slowed amid the covid-19 pandemic. It will help in opening up the international borders.

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