Rutgers researchers are developing a rapid breathalyzer test that would determine in minutes if someone is infected with COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses. “In addition to helping diagnose COVID-19, the goal of the project is to create a platform that can be expanded into a future, easy-to-use, non-invasive rapid breathalyzer to diagnostic respiratory diseases, including possible future pandemics,” said principal investigator Edward DeMauro, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who runs the Emil Buehler Supersonic Wind Tunnel. The breathalyzer will collect exhaled aerosol particles, deposit the particles into an electronic biosensor, and give a quick result without the need for an uncomfortable swab test. A prototype of the device will also be able to detect several different respiratory viruses, infections, or illnesses. To read the full story.