A Texas company may come up with a breathalyzer test that could test COVID-19 in minutes or less.
Most people had to go through COVID-19 tests up until now which was an uncomfortable swab test and often took long wait times. But this time, a big thanks to a state-of-the-art device called Worlds Protect.
Dallas-based Worlds Inc., Texas A&M University collaborated with the United States Air Force and came up with this product.
It uses a disposable straw and a person needs to blow the air into the machine. It tests for specific compounds the body generates when fighting COVID-19 and results are sent to the person’s cellphone in seconds.
Chris Rhodes, the president of Worlds Inc. said, "You blow at it, you know, for literally like five seconds. Blow at the system and in less than a minute you're gonna get a result, right. And so the goal is to put that on a cellphone.”
Devices have been deployed to hospitals and Air Force bases. But they aren’t approved yet to diagnose someone with the virus. They’re being used more as a screening system to let people know they should get tested.
So far, the company that makes them claims they are accurate and comparable to a PCR swab test, which is the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19.
“The goal is to be diagnostic not only for COVID but other diseases as well,” Rhodes said.
Worlds Inc. is hoping to get emergency approval from the FDA within the next few months.