Polish company creates breath test detecting coronavirus

Photo: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz

“ML System has developed a device that detects coronavirus from the breath in less than 10 seconds. The construction of this device is today a great [source of] pride for the entire Republic of Poland, said President Andrzej Duda,” speaking in the village of Zaczernie, south-eastern Poland on Thursday.

The president paid a visit to the ML System headquarters on Thursday. The company is typically a producer and distributor of photovoltaic panels.

“Today we will present the company's latest product, completely unusual, especially in today's very difficult times, when we are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a device that detects COVID-19 from the breath, as well as from various other substances in less than 10 seconds,” he informed.

President Duda expressed his hope that the device would not only prevent many coronavirus infections and save many people from infections, but also make life easier for societies around the world.

“The discovery of this device right here, in this company near Rzeszów (...) today is of great pride not only for Podkarpacie, but of the entire Republic of Poland, and also myself. I believe that soon after the clinical trials that begin in the coming days, this device will be able to go into mass production and - I hope - will make the company famous around the world, because it is something that has not yet been created as far as I know,” said the president.

President Andrzej Duda tested the detector on himself. He said he tested negative, meaning no virus. He explained that the device works like a police breathalyzer. “Blow into one of the holes and after a few seconds the screen shows the result - positive or negative.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is really a revolution, and once again I would like to express my great joy that it is happening today in Poland and from Poland,” said Andrzej Duda.

The ML System company deals with photovoltaics, and cooperates with young scientists from Poland and abroad. In 2016, they received the presidential economic award for small and medium-sized enterprises.