A team of researchers working on the detection of the disease after the coronavirus pandemic is developing a mask that can detect COVID-19. The team includes researchers from Harvard and MIT.
In recent months, efforts to encourage the use of masks around the world have been carried out within the scope of combating coronavirus. It is also stated that masks are now a very important part of the new normal. On the other hand, wearing a mask is nothing new for scientists.
Some of the masks produced in the past were able to detect diseases such as Ebola and Zika. A team of researchers from Harvard and MIT in the US is trying to change these masks to make COVID-19 detectable.
Masks that can detect disease
Studies for masks that can detect diseases were first carried out in 2016. The mask, which appeared in the article published in Cell magazine, attracted the attention of the research team. Now the team is trying to develop this mask to shine with fluorescent markers when coronavirus patients breathe, cough or sneeze.
If the mask is successful, it can make the fight against coronavirus more efficient worldwide. One of the researchers, Jim Collins, says that as travel systems begin to rework, the mask can be used in airport security, waiting for planes or commuting, and hospitals can predict patients when they meet patients or take them to the waiting room.
Speeding up diagnostics
Doctors will also be able to diagnose the disease using these masks. Thus, the process of taking samples and examining them in the laboratory, which will normally delay the treatment process and extend the diagnostic process, will be passed quickly. According to Collins, the process of developing masks is still promising, although it is still in its infancy.
The team has not yet been able to decide on the final design of the mask. There is disagreement among researchers about placing sensors inside the mask or producing a module that can be attached to any ordinary mask. Collins states that when they reach that stage, they will make decisions after their tests with volunteers, and that they have developed a cheap diagnostic method on paper for now.