Face masks that will change color as soon as the corona virus come in contact

Scientists had earlier created face masks for Zika and Ebola virus that would signal these viruses on touching them. Now scientists are trying to make face masks to identify the corona virus which will change color as soon as they come in contact with the virus and Will give the signal. Because it will have sensors that will tell you whether there is a risk of infection or not, after touching the corona virus.

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University in 2014 created a mask that would signal when exposed to viruses from Zika (ZIKA) and Ebola (EBOLA). Now scientists of these institutes are making such masks for the corona virus which will start changing color as soon as they come in contact with the virus. 

Scientist Jim Collins said that as soon as a corona suspect breathes, sneezes or coughs in front of this mask, immediately that mask will turn into fluorescent color. That means it will start glowing. If this technique proves successful, it will outperform other types of screening methods.

Jim Collins said that this project is in a very early stage. As soon as the cough, sneeze or spit of a person suffering from corona virus on the surface of this mask will come in contact with the mask, it will change color.

Jim told that in the next few days we will try this mask. There is every chance of success. We are using plastic, quartz and cloth instead of paper based diagnostic in the mask this time.

Inside this mask there will be the DNA and RNA of the corona virus and it will immediately change color by joining with the lyophilizer present inside the mask. These masks can be kept at room temperature for several months and Can be used for several months. 

As soon as the lyophilizer in the mask gets wet by spit drops, mucus, saliva or the genetic sequence of the virus will come in contact with the mask, it will change color. The mask will change to a fluorescent color between one to three hours.

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