FDA Authorizes First Breath Test to Detect COVID-19

Published April 15, 2022

Health Magazine interviewed Thomas A. Russo, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, about the FDA authorizing the first breath test to detect COVID-19. The breathalyzer can give results in just three minutes. "People can be screened soon after they arrive at the doctor's office," said Russo. "And if someone tests positive, they probably should not be in the office where they can infect others or should at least be wearing a mask." A rapid test like this could also encourage people to take their symptoms more seriously and actually quarantine while they wait for their official test results instead of going about their normal lives where they could expose others, according to Russo. The article also appeared on MSN.