The FDA approves a new COVID detection device


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) — It may be much easier for those traveling to large events to get tested for COVID 19.

The Food and Drug Association has approved the first COVID breath test that gives the fastest results of any other test to date.

The device is like the size of a suitcase.

The first COVID breath test developed by InspectIR Systems can tell if you are COVID positive or negative in about three minutes.

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Memorial Health doctors say it likely won’t be available everywhere due to its size.

Having to stick a Q-tip up your nose, whether at home or in a clinic, isn’t the most comfortable feeling and big events require you to provide negative COVID results before entering.

Although it is not available at Memorial Health, the hospital’s Dr. Stephen Thacker says it will most likely be used in places that need to test multiple people quickly such as at concerts, festivals or on transport. It identifies chemical mixtures to detect COVID 19.

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Dr. Thacker says it’s about 90% effective.

“Test results on that turn around three minutes so you can use it in large sites and maybe in transport environments so for me I just consider it another resource when we’re trying to troubleshoot how to test people and keep people well and healthy as they move through our communities,” said Dr Stephen Thacker.

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Although it’s approved for emergency use by the FDA, we don’t know when it will be available.

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