Scientists in Singapore have developed a device capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in the air in enclosed spaces. Representatives of the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University announced the creation of the device.
The creators of the device note that studies have shown that the analysis of air masses can reliably detect viral RNA – the technology provides even greater efficiency than traditional swabbing. Scientists attribute this to the fact that the virus is more prevalent in the air than on different surfaces.
As Professor Paul Tambia, deputy head of the Translational Infectious Disease Research Program at the National University of Singapore, noted, the technology that can detect a new type of live coronavirus in the atmosphere is a pandemic breakthrough that eliminates drastic measures such as the introduction of general isolation. The device is capable of detecting coronavirus in a room full of people – that is, one device replaces mass PCR testing.
The exact size and characteristics of the device are not specified, but it is known that the device is quite heavy. The developers note that one device is designed to work in a room of about fifty to eighty square meters.