Scientists develop high-tech air mask to protect against viruses

Scientists develop high-tech air mask to protect against viruses
Scientists develop high-tech air mask to protect against viruses

During COVID, it was a problem for many plants: masks were necessary, but they prevented good communication with our associates.

(HealthDay News) — Una “air mask” experimental could help protect against infectious diseases While people are in the jobresearchers report.

The mask uses a air curtain that blows from the brim of a helmet to prevent airborne viruses from reaching the eyesthe nose and the boca of the worker.

The method can block 99.8% of viruses, as laboratory tests show.

“Our air curtain technology is precisely engineered to protect users from infectious pathogens transported by air, “using treated air as a barrier where any pathogens present have been inactivated so they can no longer infect you if you breathe them in,” said researcher Herek Clack, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan.

“It’s virtually unheard of — our level of protection from airborne germs, especially when combined with the improved ergonomics it also provides,” Clack added in a university news release.

The prototype was developed by Taza Aya, a startup at the University of Michigan. It features a backpack that weighs about 10 pounds [NdeR: 4,5 kilos]which contains technology that sterilizes the ordinary air before sending it to the hull, where it is blown like a curtain of air.

The startup developed the air mask in response to the agricultural disruptions that occurred during the pandemic, as well as potential disruptions that could occur if a coronavirus outbreak occurs. bird flu in animals in a corral or processing plant.

Meat processing plant workers wore paper masks during the pandemic, but on a noisy production line the masks hampered workers’ ability to communicate, the researchers said.

The work day can also make a paper mask moveswhich reduces its effectiveness, and can fog up safety glasses, they added.

For the past few months, Taza Aya has been testing the air mask with workers at Michigan Turkey Producers in Wyoming, Michigan, a processing plant that employs hundreds of people.

“During COVID, it was an issue for many plants: masks were necessary, but they prevented good communication with our associates,” said Tina Conklin, vice president of technical services for Michigan Turkey.

Taza Aya hopes to launch what it calls the “Worker Wearable” in 2025, based on these real world testing, said the startup’s CEO, Alberto Elli.

More information: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more on masks and respiratory infections.

SOURCE: University of Michigan, press release, July 8, 2024

*Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter ©The New York Times

 
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