Breathalyzers aren’t just for catching drunk drivers anymore. The Dubai Health Authority recently announced an initiative to launch a breath test that can detect Covid-19 in less than a minute — talk about putting the timer on!
The breath test was developed by Breathonix, a spin-off company associated with the National University of Singapore. A trial is currently being conducted in partnership with the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences to determine the accuracy and reliability of the breath test.
To use the test, users simply blow into a disposable mouthpiece, which collects their breath into a high-precision breath sampler. The sample is then analyzed using machine learning software (gotta throw in some tech jargon there!) and the results are generated.