Breath samples better than nasal swabs to detect Covid-19

Coronavirus, Europe, Health, Ireland, Science

Breath samples have been shown to be more reliable than nasal swabs for detecting Covid-19, a new study published by researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RSCI) has shown.

Professor Bryan Hennessy, one of the lead researchers involved, said the findings were “quite dramatic” and described the research as “cutting edge”.

“We had 15 patients who clinically appeared to have Covid-19 but whose swabs were negative for the virus. We collected breath samples from them and we were able to detect Covid-19 in 14 of these 15 patients,” Prof Hennessy said.


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** This post was originally published on October 25, 2020 **