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Jul 3, 2021

Harvard, MIT researchers create COVID-19 diagnosing mask

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Researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both based in Cambridge, Mass., have created small diagnostic biosensors that can be inserted into face masks and can diagnose COVID-19 within 90 minutes, The Mercury News reported June 29.

The insertable biosensors detect the virus from a wearer’s breath, producing easy to read results similar to those of an at-home pregnancy test. If the coronavirus is present, the system changes the pattern of lines in the readout strip.

To activate the test, the wearer pushes a button on the mask to release a small amount of water into the system, which activates the test.

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