Dutch Government Rolls Out COVID Rapid Breath Test

Reuters reports:

The Netherlands is to introduce rapid COVID-19 breath tests to sites across the country to speed up the testing process and make it less intrusive. Testing facilities in Amsterdam were this week the first to start using the SpiroNose, a machine which requires a person to breathe into it to indicate a possible coronavirus infection within a minute.

After months of trials, Dutch health authorities found the SpiroNose to be reliable in the case of negative test results, infectious disease expert Mariken van der Lubben of Amsterdam’s municipal health services told Reuters. “If you are negatively tested, then it’s a very reliable outcome and you can go,” Van der Lubben said.

Read the full article. Positive results require a followup standard PCR test.