Singaporean Scientists Develop 1 Minute COVID ‘Breathalyzer’ Test

Singaporean Scientists Develop 1 Minute COVID ‘Breathalyzer’ Test

- Singaporean scientist have developed a new coronavirus testing system which may detect the virus in only one minute

- The device is called the BreFence Go COVID-19 Breath Test System

- The revolutionary system still has to undergo much extensive research but scientist are definitely excited about the breakthrough

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Singaporean researchers have developed a potentially game-changing breathalyzer-style test for COVID, which detects the virus in just one minute.

Singaporean Scientists Develop 1 Minute COVID ‘Breathalyzer’ Test
Singaporean scientists have developed a new and rapid COVID-19 test. Image: Getty
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It was developed by a team of Singaporean researchers and involves a person breathing normally into a disposable mouthpiece, similar to how one would be tested for drunk driving.

The device is called the BreFence Go COVID-19 Breath Test System, and it's able to produce results in only 60 seconds.

The complex system works by analyzing the volatile organic compounds (VOC) in each exhaled breath to identify those compounds that the algorithm has been trained to recognize as uniquely associated with the coronavirus.

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These signatures will help testers differentiate quickly between healthy people and those with the virus.

“We are proud to play a part in Singapore’s fight against COVID-19... After months of hard work, we are delighted that the BreFence Go COVID-19 breath test system is now ready to be deployed to protect the nation,” said Du Fang, chief operating officer and co-founder of Breathonix.

The device still has to go much extensive research but the new technology could soon make great strides in the fight against COVID-19.

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Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has been getting reports from members claiming that health institutions are swearing them to secrecy regarding side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Denosa acting general-secretary Cassim Lekhoathi openly admitted that side effects were inevitable, however, transparency needed to be a priority.

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Denosa reports nurses being told not to disclose vaccine side effects

“This issue of side-effects is a common expectation. Whenever you take medication, any type of medication, there’s a possibility that you will have side-effects and then you will react…

“In this case, we are advised that some people have been told that they must not express or talk about their experience of the side effects because it will sort of discouraging other people from getting the vaccine, which I think it is not well-thought-of, if the patient reacts, you need to act.”

Nurses need to be forthcoming but are afraid to as they are being warned to keep quiet.

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