Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University have created a new institute face mask Capable of detecting if a person wearing it has COVID-19 in about 90 minutes.
Through small sensors, called SHERLOCK, mask-wearing users will be able to tell if they have viral particles in their breath.
In addition, it contains a small water tank that is released through a button: this is to hydrate certain components of the sensor, which analyzes the air droplets accumulated inside the mask.
Engineers have designed a face mask that can diagnose a wearer with Covid-19 in about 90 minutes. The masks are built with small, disposable sensors that can also be embedded in clothing or adapted to detect other viruses. https://t.co/KQnRh6in5h pic.twitter.com/UuAahUeTr4
– Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (MIT) June 29, 2021
How does the mask work?
Sensors show results in an estimated time of 90 minutes by the same person using the mask. Also, it can be activated at any time.
Through a statement, MIT stated that this technology could be implemented in medical worker clothing such as gowns “in order to offer a new method for controlling health worker exposure to various pathogens or other threats.”
Mask sensors can help detect other viral diseases
James Collins, lead author of the application of this technique, stated that the sensors could be implemented to detect other pathogens such as influenza, Zika and Ebola.
“This test is as sensitive as the gold standard, PCR tests, but as fast as the antigen tests used for rapid analysis COVID-19said Peter Nguyen, a scientist at Harvard University.