The new mask uses a biosensor to detect respiratory viruses in air droplets, letting the wearer know if COVID-19 is present in the air.
This article by Jessica Black, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- An embedded wireless device alerts the wearer's phone if pathogens are identified.
- The sensor in the mask detects as little as 0.3 micro-litres of liquid containing the virus—hundreds of times less than the volume of liquid produced in just one sneeze.
- The study's co-author, Dr Yin Fang, believes the bio-electronic mask could be adapted to detect emerging viruses and prevent future outbreaks.
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