Researchers in Singapore have claimed that they have invented a method to detect coronaviruses within a minute through a breath test. The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the innovation on Tuesday. According to a report by Singapore-based media channel News Asia, the method is able to detect active organic matter (volatile organic compound (VOC)) through a breath test of a suspected victim. The researchers said the test was conducted on 190 patients and yielded 90 percent accurate results.
Coronavirus detection tests are currently underway to detect the presence of the virus by analyzing saliva or phlegm samples. These tests take a few hours. If the new method can detect the virus quickly, it will be easy to take measures to prevent its spread.
The method devised by researchers in Singapore is to first exhale through a disposable mouthpiece attached to a high-pressure sample. The VOC will then analyze the breath through a special instrument. And will result in less than a minute. The University of Singapore states that the technology, called brethonics, will provide a quick and convenient solution to detect Kovid-19.
Chief Executive Officer of Breathonics Start-Up said. Analyzing this process, Jia Jhunan stated that various types of VOCs are continuously being produced in human cells by biochemical reactions. “There are some changes in those components due to various diseases,” he said. And it causes recognizable changes in human respiratory patterns. That is why diseases like Kovid-19 can be detected by measurement of VOCs. ‘
The company’s chief operating officer Du Fang said the process’s disposable mouthpiece has a one-way valve and saliva containment system. As a result, there is no opportunity for anything other than breathable air to enter the machine. This is why there is no chance of one user being infected by another during testing, he said.
Channel News Asia states that this can be an excellent solution for areas where extensive testing is required, as real-time results can be achieved through breathing testing. Dr. “Our breathing tests are easy to perform and do not require specialized trained staff or laboratory procedures,” Jhunan said.