The breathalyzer is commonplace when it comes to checking for intoxication, so a new breath collecting device is being created by researchers to help with diagnosing COVID-19. The device works by detecting for biological information called biomarkers when a person exhales including DNA, RNA, lipids or proteins, which could denote if a disease is in the lungs. The device is believed to be a better way of detecting for disease when compared to oral, nasal or lung swabs because it collects air that has been circulated throughout the entirety of the lungs.
The breath collecting device is being developed by scientists at the Northumbria University, Newcastle led by associate professor Dr. Sterghios Moschos.
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