A breath test that instantly spots patients with coronavirus has been developed by British scientists.
They say the technology could be used to rapidly screen people in airports. And it could also be used in GP surgeries, pharmacies or ambulances, giving an instant result.
The technology, developed by a team at Northumbria University in Newcastle, needs further testing but experts believe it could be quickly change the way the virus is spotted around the world.
The technology, developed by a team at Northumbria University (pictured) in Newcastle, needs further testing but experts believe it could be a swift game-changer
Currently coronavirus is tested using a cheek swab which is sent off for analysis at a Public Health England lab, a process that takes between 24 and 48 hours.
The Northumbria team's test spots biological information - known as biomarkers - in the breath.
These biomarkers, which include DNA, RNA, proteins and fat molecules, can spot diseases of the lung and other parts of the body.
People simply breath into the device, which is similar to a breathalyser used by the police.
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Although diagnosis from breath sampling has been used before, previous methods have not been reliable enough due to contamination, loss of the sample and issues of variablity in breath analysis.
But the device developed in Newcastle has solved these problems so data collected closely matches results from lung samples taken surgically.
Researchers hope the technology could eventually be used to diagnose lung diseases, diabetes, cancers, liver problems and brain problems.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
Dr Sterghios Moschos, associate professor at Northumbria University, said: 'Our ambition is to reduce the