Mask that glows when it detects the virus?

There are already many days of a pandemic by COVID-19. The scientific community continues to discover more effective solutions against the virus and the disease, and very interesting solutions have emerged to help combat this pandemic.

A group of Japanese researchers has now created a mask that glows when it detects the COVID-19 virus.


Mask has a filter that contains ostrich egg antibodies

Since the state of a pandemic was decreed, several solutions have hit the market to help combat the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Recently, a group of Japanese researchers announced a mask capable of detecting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. According to what has been revealed, this mask glows when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. Interestingly, this invention was made possible by extracting antibodies from ostrich eggs.

The advantage of these masks is that asymptomatic people can easily detect SARS-CoV-2, said Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, 52, a team leader at Kyoto Prefectural University in Japan. it is expected to facilitate and simplify citizen testing (no swab required).

COVID-19: Masks that glow when they detect the virus?

According to the channel’s publication Kyodo News, researchers injected a non-threatening form of SARS-CoV-2 into female ostriches in February last year, which allowed them to successfully obtain antibodies from their eggs. Based on that experience, they created a type of filter that is placed inside the mask to detect the presence of the virus.

After using the mask, the filter is removed and sprayed with a dye that contains antibodies to the new coronavirus. If SARS-CoV-2 infection is detected, the filter glows. “The advantage of these masks is that asymptomatic people can easily detect the coronavirus,” Tsukamoto told Reuters. In fact, Yasuhiro Tsukamoto himself discovered that he was infected thanks to the mask.


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