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Smart Mask Could Be Early Warning System

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Artist's conception of the wearable bioelectronic mask developed by Tongji University researchers to detect the spread of respiratory infectious disease.

Credit: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

A team of Chinese scientists have developed a wearable bioelectric mask that can detect respiratory diseases in the air, including Covid-19 and influenza, and report results in 10 minutes.

Once connected to a wireless network, the mask can transmit real-time data to a user's mobile device, including detection alerts, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Matter on Monday.

The mask is intended to be used as an early warning system to prevent future outbreaks of respiratory infectious diseases, researchers said.

These diseases are spread through the air by droplets or aerosols. But direct detection of viruses in the air can be difficult as the concentrations can be extremely low.

From South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
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