Canada – Canadian researchers developing COVID-19 breath test

A team at the BC Cancer Research Institute in Vancouver is developing a rapid COVID-19 breath test, which could deliver results in as little as one minute.

“Originally, we were developing a breath analysis test to detect early lung cancer,” said Dr. Stephen Lam, one of two doctors behind the research. “But the same methodology can also be used to detect infection, as well. That’s why we transferred our technology to detect COVID-19.”

“Essentially, the virus causes a metabolic disturbance in the upper airways, and later on, in the lower airways — in the lungs,” he explains. “This metabolic process can be reflected by what we call ‘volatile organic chemicals’ — compounds in the breath — that we can detect.”…