University of Houston researchers unveil air filter designed to ‘catch and kill’ COVID-19 – KSAT San Antonio

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HOUSTON, Texas– Researchers from the University of Houston are advancing in the fight versus the coronavirus.
According to a current release from the university, researchers have now developed a “catch and kill” air filter that can trap the infection responsible for COVID-19 and kill it instantly.
The filter was designed by Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, Monzer Hourani, CEO of Medistar, a Houston-based medical property development firm, and other scientists.
Throughout the filters production, researchers said they found 99.8% of the unique SARS-CoV-2 was killed in a single go through the filter, which is made with nickel foam. The filter also killed 99.9% of the anthrax spores, researchers stated.
” This filter might be helpful in airports and in planes, in office complex, schools and cruise liner to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Ren, MD Anderson Chair Professor of Physics at UH, in a release. “Its capability to assist manage the spread of the infection could be extremely useful for society.”
The university is also checking out developing a desktop model that can be utilized in a workplace employees immediate environments.
In the meantime, scientists have called for a phased roll-out of the device, which will begin with high-priority places, where important employees are at a raised danger of getting the virus. This can consist of schools, health centers, health care facilities, public transit, etc
. For more information about the air filter, you can find the complete release here.
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