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Sensor which can detect coronavirus in the air

Switzerland’s national institute for applied materials sciences—known under the German acronym EMPA along with research university ETH Zurich, are working on a sensor that can detect the novel coronavirus as it floats through the air.

The device would operate similarly to previous projects and research ideas, including industrial sensors for pollutants and occupational exposures and detectors for airborne viruses and bacteria. This wouldn’t replace laboratory tests or diagnostics for patients, but it could potentially be used to monitor airborne concentrations in high-traffic areas such ashospitals or public transit stations, according to the researchers.

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