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COVID breathalyzers are now a thing in the US: FDA

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Federal officials in the United States have officially permitted yet another tool for COVID-19 testing. On Friday it was announced that FDA officials OK’d the use of a COVID test that appears as if it were a Breathalyzer test like when one gets stopped by a cop under suspicions of being intoxicated.

“Today’s authorization is yet another example of the rapid innovation occurring with diagnostic tests for COVID-19,” says an FDA director. “The FDA continues to support the development of novel COVID-19 tests with the goal of advancing technologies that can help address the current pandemic and better position the US for the next public health emergency.” 

These tests appear to have roughly a 91.2% success rate in determining positive test results through breath samples. They have about a 99% success rate in producing accurate negative test results.



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