Researchers at the University of Houston said they developed a special air filter that could trap the novel coronavirus and blow it up with heat to kill the disease on contact.
Dr. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center of Superconductivity at UH, is the brain behind the project, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Ren worked with Monist Hourani, CEO of Medistar, to create a “unique design” of heated nickel foam, which was described in an article published by Materials Today Physics.
Researchers reportedly conducted tests at the Galveston National Laboratory and found that 99.8 percent of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-1
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“This filter could be useful in airports and planes, in office buildings, schools, and cruise ships to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ren. “His ability to control the spread of the virus could be very useful to society.”
He also said Medistar was considering offering smaller personalized models that, according to Chronicle, could purge the air around an individual’s desk or work station.
Dr. Medistar’s Garrett Peel, who contributed to the design, suggested that the filters be used in “high priority” locations where there is an increased risk of exposure for key employees (particularly in schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and on public transportation) like airplanes), “
“It’s basically a high-performance COVID-19 killer,” he said. “This is safe and effective. We want to introduce this out of Texas first and use it in schools and nursing homes. This unit could be used in 60 days.”
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“It provides an additional sense of security because we know that our children and the elderly are protected,” added Peel. “We need our leaders to build private and public partnerships to bring this product to our schools and protect our children.”