A wearable clip to detect the SARS-CoV-2 air exposure

By: | January 16th, 2022

Image courtesy: American Chemical Society

Masks, social distancing, sanitizers, and proper hygiene help control the spread of coronavirus. But sometimes even our best efforts are not good enough to protect us and prevent the spread of the virus.

People keep wondering whether they have been exposed to the Coronavirus

Now, researchers from Yale University have developed a wearable device that can help people assess whether they have been exposed to the virus.

Extraordinary innovation to help navigate the global pandemic

The device is called the Fresh Air Clip. This cheap wearable device is very small, lightweight, inexpensive, and doesn’t require a power source.

The clip is helpful for workers in high-risk areas like restaurants or healthcare facilities

Covid-19 is primarily transmitted through the inhalation of air carrying very small fine droplets and aerosol particles that contain an infectious virus. 

The Fresh Air Clip can be clipped onto the clothes a person is wearing. It captures the aerosolized viral particles in its surrounding environment, around a person’s mouth and nose.

Wearers need to send the clip to a lab to determine the levels of exposure to SARS-CoV-2.

Krystal Pollitt, a researcher working on the device, said, “The Fresh Air Clip can be useful for early identification of exposure events and allow for rapid action to be taken,”

“Exposed individuals can get tested or quarantine to prevent potential community transmission.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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