Experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have developed a mask that emits a signal of the presence of the coronavirus in the form of light when coughing and sneezing. In 2014, MIT’s Bioengineering Laboratory of MIT starts work on sensors that could detect the frozen Ebola virus on paper.
Experts are now using the same technology to identify the coronavirus, after which the mask will automatically emit light. It makes it easier to identify corona patients as soon as they enter the hospital. The patient’s samples can then be further confirmed.
The technology will help prevent the Corona epidemic, but according to MIT and Harvard experts, it is still in its early stages, with encouraging results. The technology has also been effective in identifying other epidemics include SARS, measles, the common flu, hepatitis C, West Nile virus, and other diseases. Cheap masks can also be made by applying these sensors to paper and cloth, but soon plastic will also be recognizable. The important thing is that the sensors so far are very cheap and easy to use.
The brightening mask binds to the DNA or RNA of the virus, even if it is frozen. Experts say that the genetic drift of the virus has been taken into account to identify the corona, and as the virus hits the sensor, the mask becomes brighter. Although this light cannot be seen with the naked eye, it can be noticed with a special instrument flu meter.