September 20, 2022
Chinese researchers have developed a mask that detects Covid-19 or flu viruses in the air.
Developed by six researchers working at Tongji University in Shanghai, sensors placed inside the mask detect the presence of coronavirus or H5N1 and H1N1 influenza viruses in the environment within 10 minutes and send an instant alert to devices such as a wirelessly connected phone.
The information about the mask was published in Matter, an academic publication.
In the studies for this mask, which is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery, tests were carried out in which pathogens were sprayed with simulations of talking or coughing in a closed area.
It was stated that the sensors on the mask can detect even liquid or gas containing very low levels of viral protein.
The mask works more sensitively in closed areas where the risk is high.
Yin Fang, one of the researchers at Tongji University, states that the mask already reduces the risk of spreading viruses, so they want to produce a mask that detects the virus in the air and warns the user.
There was no estimation of the price of the product.
With the coronavirus pandemic, the use of masks became widespread.
However, in many countries, the mask requirement has been lifted even in closed areas and public transportation.
However, the use of masks remains widespread for countries such as China, which still maintains a strict zero-Covid policy.
US President Joe Biden has finally announced that the pandemic has ended in the country.