In early 2020, US-based GI medical societies banded together to issue a joint statement that endorsed physical separation and wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Within that same year, they also listed recommendations for managing endoscopies and endoscopy processes. Since then, these societies and associations have not recommended new safety protocols for breath testing and other aerosol-generating procedures in this COVID-19 environment.
Internationally, several GI groups and associations have made strong recommendations regarding aerosol-generating procedures, including where and how breath testing should occur.
At-home breath testing is safer, healthier, and a lower-cost diagnostic plan for both patients and the facility. While some healthcare systems have already successfully transitioned their GI diagnostics to at-home breath testing, CDI along with GI leaders are calling for updated guidelines from industry medical professional societies for breath testing.