Technology | 07.18.23
New Air Monitor Can Detect COVID-19, Flu, RSV, and Other Viruses in Real-Time
Now that the emergency phase of the pandemic has subsided, researchers are looking at ways to surveil indoor environments in real-time for viruses. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have combined recent advances in aerosol sampling technology and an ultrasensitive biosensing technique to create a real-time monitor that can detect any of the SARS-CoV-2 virus variants in a room in about five minutes. The proof-of-concept device, which could also monitor for flu and other respiratory viruses, could be used in hospitals, long-term care communities, and other public places. This new monitor utilizes a biosensor made with nanobodies that is integrated into an air sampler that operates based on the wet cyclone technology.