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Breathalyser – Freedom of Movement and Virus Control

E: A connection is helpful

The proposal recommends a modified breathalyser to enable frequent self-testing.  The breathalyser could export the result as a QR code into a mobile phone (or alternative) and date stamped. This then can becomes part of a wider overall solution that would use QR scanners at any location where people need entry.

This overall solution facilitates return to free movement as well as identifying those that need medical intervention. The full proposed solution is attached.

Have you validated this method, if so, how and what were the results of the validation?

Yes, but solely to confirm the feasibility of using  breath condensate to detect viruses.  Limited further development work is needed.  Appendix shows external research work already undertaken.  Please see attached.  

How quickly could this be deployed and what are the dependencies?

Believed to be very short but depends on the following:

Finalising development of breathalysers to detect Covid 19 and export as QR code or similar.  However, work has already started in using handheld machines to detect virus - see Appendix and

Adapting Breathalysers to export result as QR Code - however, breathalysers provide results electronically and therefore can easily be adapted to produce QR coded result. Existing QR technology already exists.

What is the likely production volume?

Virtually unlimited as many manufacturers worldwide already produce breathalysers.

What are the risks and barriers to using this at scale?

Principle risks are false results because of improper use of breathalyser or contamination of result. 

Who are you already partnering with on this?

None at present

edited on Jul 7, 2020 by Martyn REDMAN
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Bev Matthews Jun 8, 2020

Hello Martyn, Thank you for your solution. A colleague will connect you with the team who are working on breath testing as we think this will be helpful to their work. Many thanks Bev

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Martyn REDMAN Jun 9, 2020

Thanks, Bev. I look forward to hearing from your colleague. I very much want to push this . Thanks, Martyn

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Tom Jordan Jun 10, 2020

Hi Martyn, our expert reviewers want to bring this idea to the attention of the EMBER research team in Leicester leading work on breath testing. As Bev notes we think your submission will be of help to them. I will contact their team address and copy you in.
Kind regards,

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Bev Matthews Jun 8, 2020

Status label added: E: A connection is helpful

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