Fact check: Is air a quick test for the Coronavirus stop?

A Corona-diagnosis in the self-test in only ten seconds – it sounds too good to be true.

Social media is widely used since a few weeks, but a mass of exactly this alleged advice of experts from Taiwan in a chain letter. What is the tip?


Who can take a deep breath and then without a problem for ten seconds, hold your breath, has no fibrosis in the lungs and, therefore, is not with the novel Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 plugged in.


Air no rapid test for infection with Sars-CoV-2 is stop. To more the beginning of the infection the Virus often, especially in the throat, not in the lungs.

Other diseases such as Asthma can make it difficult to stop also the air. A fibrosis is also no signs of the disease from Covid-19.


A handwritten quick test to Sars-CoV-2 there is not, according to the Federal Ministry of health currently. Whether a person can stop for ten seconds the air or not, can also have different reasons.

In addition to an acute illness of the respiratory tract pre-existing conditions such as Asthma can make it difficult to stop the air.

To more the beginning of an infection with Sars-CoV-2, the Virus mostly in the throat and in the lungs, as the virologist Christian Drosten of the NDR is explained Podcast.

A mere examination of the lungs may be in this case, no definitive statement about infection with the Virus. For the usual Test on the novel Virus is a revenge taken smear.

A fibrosis is the proliferation of connective tissue in an Organ. This disease can also occur in the lungs and cause inflammation.

Neither the Robert-Koch Institute, the Federal centre for health education or the world health organization, WHO, fibrosis as a Symptom of an infection with Sars-CoV-2 call.

Common signs of the disease are, instead, fever, dry cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain as well as neck pain and headaches. Also lung inflammation, and lung can occur failure.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa)

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