Baltimore company’s device being developed to test for viruses

Baltimore company develops ViraWarn device to test for viruses

As COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus and flu infections spread simultaneously, a Baltimore company’s new device may soon help with testing for viruses.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested Vaccine Info ||Opteev Technologies has developed ViraWarn, a rechargeable, multiple-use pocket-sized breath analyzer device.”It’s very small, you can put it in your pocket or your purse. You take it out, turn it on, you breathe onto it twice, and you get the result in 60 seconds,” said Mesfin Meshesha, vice president of virology and diagnostics for Opteev Technologies. Opteev began developing ViraWarn when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. Test results can be seen in an app on a smartphone.”If people have this in their pocket, they will definitely cut the transmission,” Meshesha said. “The most important application is that you care about other people. So, if you have a virus — whether it’s COVID, or RSV, or the flu — and you get a positive result, then you mask, you go back, isolate “Meshesha said the device does not detect the exact virus that a person may have but simply indicates the person has a virus. The patient can then consult with their doctor.”If you’re about to visit your grandparents, people who (have a compromised immune system), when you go to visit them or some public gathering, before you go in, you can always check yourself before you meet other people,” Meshesha said. ViraWarn is being tested in two clinical trials. The device has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for pre-emergency use authorization, which is the first recommended step towards FDA recognition.| RELATED: Hopkins doctors warn public of possible ‘Triple-demic’

As COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus and flu infections spread simultaneously, a Baltimore company’s new device may soon help with testing for viruses.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested Vaccine Info ||

Opteev Technologies has developed ViraWarn, a rechargeable, multiple-use pocket-sized breath analyzer device.

“It’s very small, you can put it in your pocket or your purse. You take it out, turn it on, you breathe onto it twice, and you get the result in 60 seconds,” said Mesfin Meshesha, vice president of virology and diagnostics for Opteev Technologies.

Opteev began developing ViraWarn when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. Test results can be seen in an app on a smartphone.

“If people have this in their pocket, they will definitely cut the transmission,” Meshesha said. “The most important application is that you care about other people. So, if you have a virus — whether it’s COVID, or RSV, or the flu — and you get a positive result, then you mask, you go back, isolate .”

Meshesha said the device does not detect the exact virus that a person may have but simply indicates the person has a virus. The patient can then consult with their doctor.

“If you’re about to visit your grandparents, people who (have a compromised immune system), when you go to visit them or some public gathering, before you go in, you can always check yourself before you meet other people,” Meshesha said.

ViraWarn is being tested in two clinical trials. The device has been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for pre-emergency use authorization, which is the first recommended step towards FDA recognition.

| RELATED: Hopkins doctors warn public of possible ‘Triple-demic’

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