|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Ahead of print publication
Breath alcohol test and COVID.19
Rujittika Mungmungpuntipantip1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 26 Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||08-May-2020|
|Date of Decision||30-Jun-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||16-Jul-2020|
26 Medical Center, Bangkok
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Breath alcohol test is an important tool for legal control for unwanted driving after alcoholic drinking that can lead to traffic accident., In Thailand, the traffic accident rate is very high, and the breath alcohol test is generally performed by traffic policemen. Here, the authors would like to discuss the present challenge in using the breath alcohol test during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since breathing is the main process in sample collection for breath alcohol test, it is possible that the disease mght spread from an infected to the others including traffic police and other drivers who perform the test. In fact, the refusal of breath alcohol test is an interesting issue. In a past report, the refusal due to fear of AIDS was reported and judged unaccepted. Nevertheless, the present situation of the COVID-19 outbreak is different. There is an attempt to use the regular cleansing for decontamination of the breath alcohol test analyzer, but it cannot guarantee for no risk. It is an actual challenge to find new protocols for performing legal alcohol test for safe traffic during the present situation of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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