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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 142  

Breath alcohol test and COVID-19


1 26 Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission08-May-2020
Date of Decision30-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance16-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication02-Mar-2021

Correspondence Address:
Rujittika Mungmungpuntipantip
26 Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_240_20

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Mungmungpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Breath alcohol test and COVID-19. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2022;15:142

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Mungmungpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Breath alcohol test and COVID-19. Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Jan 29];15:142. Available from: https://www.mjdrdypv.org/text.asp?2022/15/1/142/310584



Dear Sir,

Breath alcohol test is an important tool for legal control for unwanted driving after alcoholic drinking that can lead to traffic accident.[1],[2] 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.[3] 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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1.
Hlastala MP. The alcohol breath test–A review. J Appl Physiol (1985) 1998;84:401-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Jones AW, Mørland JG, Liu RH. Driving under the influence of psychoactive substances-A historical review. Forensic Sci Rev 2019;31:103-40.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Driver's refusal to take alcohol test due to AIDS is seen as unreasonable. AIDS Policy Law 1999;14:10.  Back to cited text no. 3
    




 

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