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/Volunteers wanted for coronavirus breathalyzer

Volunteers wanted for coronavirus breathalyzer

Just breathe and wait five minutes for the result. That’s how easy a corona test should be. Imec is working on it. And you can help by catching your breath with us.

From the beginning of the corona crisis, it’s been clear how important widespread testing is. Yet it continues to be a challenge. And that’s partially because of the deficiencies of current testing methods.

The best-known and most reliable method is the PCR test – administered with a nasal or throat swab. That has three big drawbacks:

  • It’s experienced as uncomfortable by the test subject.
  • It takes two days to get the result.
  • It needs to be administered by medical personnel.

Imec is working on a testing method without all these shortcomings. The goal is to develop a breathing test that anyone can execute. And that reveals within five minutes whether you’re contagious for COVID-19.

Want to know the details? Check out this webpage.

Catch your breath with us

An accessible, rapid and reliable breathing test is a powerful weapon in the fight against the coronavirus. For instance, we could use it in the departure hall of the airport. Or at a festival entrance. All so public life can resume safely.

Moreover, we might be able to avoid or alleviate a next pandemic if such a breathing test is available before the surfacing of a new virus. That’s why it’s so important that this coronavirus breathalyzer is ready soon. And you can contribute by participating in the clinical trials.

What can you expect?

Are you at the COVID-19 test center Zeelstraat (KU Leuven) for a conventional test? Then you’ll be asked if you also want to get tested with the new method. The person in charge of the study will explain to you how the trial works, so you can make an informed decision.

Are you willing to cooperate? Then you’ll be assigned to one of the three sections of this study. Your section determines how many times you perform the breathing test (maximum three) and whether you’re monitored for a certain time.

Your participation is voluntary. You can tell the doctor-researcher at any time that you want to stop, even after you signed up.

You’ll receive a small compensation every time you take the test.

 

Ready to join?

Mention that you’re a volunteer for the coronavirus breathalyzer when you register at the COVID-19 test center. The person in charge of the trial will help you from there.

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