This wearable 'fresh air clip' can detect a person's exposure to Covid-19 virus [WATCH]


This wearable 'fresh air clip' can detect a person's exposure to Covid-19 virus [WATCH]

Credit: Fresh Air Clip (Yale School of Public Health) 

  • The clip can detect a person's exposure to the Covid-19 virus

  • The clip-on device can pick up low levels of the virus in the air

  • The main purpose is to alert a user about the exposure so that he/she can get tested or quarantine themselves.

Just recently, a Stockholm-based startup came up with a new way of carrying around Covid vaccine status that does not involve any paper or digital files stored on your phone.

Epicenter created a rice-sized microchip that can be inserted under your skin to store Covid vaccination information.

This isn’t the only Covid-related innovation that has gone viral since 2020.

Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many individuals and organisations around the world devised impressive tools and devices that protected users from the virus and also provided vital information.

But now, the most useful device of all may have been invented by some researchers at Yale University. If everything goes to plan, you may soon be able to wear a device that will alert you to potential Covid-19 exposure.

Researchers at the university have developed a wearable device that could help detect when a user comes in contact with Covid-19.

The clip-on device will be able to pick up low levels of the Covid-19 virus in the air, thereby alerting a user to know they've possibly been exposed and can become infections, according to a study conducted by a team at the Yale School of Public Health.

The 'Fresh Air Clip', which is intended to help alert people about the possibility of being exposed to the virus, picks up virus-laded aerosols that are then deposited on a chemical surface.

The wearable clip can detect Covid-19 levels that are 'below the estimated SARS-CoV-2 infectious dose', said the researchers.

The main objective behind the invention is to alert users so they can either quarantine themselves or get tested for Covid-19.

The clips, which are being called 'passive samplers', have already been distributed to a group of Connecticut residents. According to a FOX32 report, the clips picked up traces of the virus on 8% of the residents.

"Our findings demonstrate that PDMS-based passive samplers may serve as a useful exposure assessment tool for airborne viral exposure in real-world high-risk settings and provide avenues for early detection of potential cases and guidance on site-specific infection control protocols that preempt community transmission," the researchers wrote of their findings