Developed ‘air filter’ to “catch and kill” coronavirus in air – scientists claim

Developed ‘air filter’ to “catch and kill” coronavirus in air – scientists claim

July 8, 2020 Off By Vishnu Mahanand

Houston: Scientists have claimed to make a filter that instantly kills the virus by catching the novel coronavirus in the air . This invention of scientists can help prevent the spread of corona virus infection in closed places like schools, hospitals and airplanes. According to a study published in the journal Materials Today Physics, this ‘air filter’ eliminated 99.8 percent of the novel corona virus in the air passing through it.

The study said that the device was made by heating commercially available nickel foam to 200 ° C. It destroyed 99.9 percent of the spores of the deadly bacterium Bacillus anthracis. Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax disease. 

“This filter could prove useful in preventing the spread of Kovid-19 in airports and airplanes, office buildings, schools and cruise ships,” said Zifeng Ren, a US University of Houston (UH) study. He said, “Its ability to help prevent the virus from spreading can prove very useful for the society.”

According to the scientists, since the virus could remain in the air for about three hours, there was a plan to create a filter that would eliminate it soon and due to the resumption of operations around the world, they believe that controlling the virus in closed places It is important to do. Ren said that nickel foam serves many important needs.

The researchers said in a statement, “It is perforated which allows air to flow and there is also an electrical conductor that allows it to heat up. It is also flexible.” Researchers have sought to make the device available in a phased manner.