Harvard, MIT working to create face mask that can diagnose if wearer has coronavirus

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Researchers from Harvard and MIT are working to create a face mask that could detect if the person wearing it has the coronavirus.

The researchers are adjusting the sensors they started developing in 2014 to detect the Ebola virus to address the coronavirus pandemic.

The researchers from MIT and Harvard published their research on the mask in 2016, after they tailored the technology to address the Zika virus. 

The mask the researchers are developing produces a fluorescent signal when a person with the coronavirus breaths, coughs or sneezes.

The project is in its “very early stages” but the results have been promising, Collins told the outlet. They hope to demonstrate that the concept works within the next few weeks.



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