Phew! Researchers Are Developing Strips on Face Mask to Detect Covid-19

When we said that Covid-19 has been testing human capabilities and creativity, the statement is true. The researchers regardless of field are struggling to find a cure or at least solutions to combat the happening pandemic.

The basic of litmus paper is it will change colours as it gets dipped into different substances. The research that soon to be talked about reminded me of that phenomenon because it does sound like that.

Recently, a group of researchers at the University of California San Diego is developing something to help detect Covid-19. The team is developing a mask with stickers detecting Covid-19.

The sticker is a test strip and blister pack that can be placed on N95, surgical or cloth masks and detect SARS-CoV-2 in the user’s breath or saliva, according to a news release from the university.

The method of using it is super easy and effortless. When the wearer breathes, the test strip will aim the protein-cleaving molecules produced from a Covid-19 infection. As the mask is removed along with test materials, they squeeze out the contents of the blister pack onto the test strip. If the colour of the strip changes, that means the infection molecules are there.

The University claimed that the test is somewhat alike with the home pregnancy test, with the strip having a line showing the result.

Jesse Jokersr, the professor of nanoengineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and lead principal investigator of the project has stated that the strips are not meant to replace current Covid-19 testing protocols, adding it functions as a surveillance approach.

Jokerst is collaborating with UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers to test the strips on Covid-19 saliva samples first, then on Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System patients and healthcare staff.

Claiming it has potential to against future outbreaks, the surveillance approach could be deployed in parts of the world where vaccines are not yet available or still limited in distribution alongside the vaccination process.

This undertaking surely will be very beneficial to the public once it is succeeded. The pandemic is no joke and lots of people are tested physically and mentally as well as emotionally. May the survey be finished soon and we can take the good out of the research.

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