Prayer #242: For Rapid Breathalyzer Test for COVID-19
Researchers at the University of Miami are developing an on-the-spot test for COVID-19 that could prove to be important for widespread use. "This is a totally non-invasive test that you just blow three times into a little breathalyzer," said Dr. Roy Weiss, the COVID-19 chief medical officer for the University of Miami health system. "It's like a kazoo and the breath is then caught into this apparatus and in 40 seconds it can be analyzed in order to tell whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 virus [which causes COVID-19] is in the exhaled air. It can also distinguish whether or not there are other viral particles, such as the influenza virus." The University of Miami in the first place in the nation to conduct this research, and trials are now being run with students and patients. The researchers hope that the test will soon be available to the general public as an FDA-approved emergency test for COVID-19. This test will cost about $4, as opposed to the standard nose-wipe test, which costs $100 and requires laboratory analysis and thus a much longer turnaround time. The test could be especially helpful in large-gathering situations such as airplane flights, movie theaters, and sports stadiums, where immediate results are very important.
Pray for these researchers at the University of Miami as they conduct the trials of this on-the-spot test for COVID-19. Pray that this test might indeed prove a major boon, enabling testing for the virus to proceed at a much more rapid pace.
Ps. 36:5: "Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds."