Scientists at Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University in the western province of Balıkesir started working on developing a breath test to recognize the COVID-19 virus. The project aims to detect infections by scanning the user’s breath in only 15 seconds. This news excited the scientific world and it is a crucial development for the coronavirus pandemic.
Collaboration Between TÜBİTAK and NSFC
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are supporting the university’s project. The university’s rector, professor Süleyman Özdemir, made a statement to Ihlas News Agency (IHA). On Tuesday, he stated that they recently received an endorsement from TÜBITAK. So that it would be a joint project with the NSFC.
Aiming to Gain Much More Accurate Results
He said, “[Scientists] use swab tests for coronavirus detection currently, but with a breath test, they will acquire more accurate results.” “This device will resemble the breathalyzer used by police against drunk drivers. TÜBITAK will produce sensors and the NSFC will provide a data set for the project. China will help to collect breath samples both from COVID-19 patients and those not infected. It is a globally significant project. What’s more, it will serve not just for coronavirus but for detecting similar diseases,” he said.
Another Study from Another Turkish University
Turkish scientists have been working on test kits since the beginning of the pandemic. That is to say; they have been making a great effort for the breath test to recognize Covid-19. In September, scientists from another Turkish university, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, announced that a new test kit that gives results in just eight minutes.
A Similar Breath Test from La Croix-Rousse Hospital in Lyon
In August, researchers at the La Croix-Rousse Hospital in Lyon, France announced the development of a similar breath test for COVID-19. The noninvasive screening utilizes a machine that tests droplets as patients exhale into a tube. It is much more like a standard breathalyzer test. In just a few seconds, the test delivers the results on the particular chemical compounds found in one’s breath. So thus, it can detect whether a person is a carrier of the coronavirus or not.
The Biggest Pluses of Test are Its Rapidity and Implementation
The rapidity of the test as well as its method of implementation is its biggest pluses. It is unlike the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Most commonly clinicians use it in screening for the disease. The PCR is also known as a swab test and is carried out by inserting a very long swab deep into the nasal cavity. The breath test machine has become very successful in dozens of patients at the hospital over the past three months.