A wearable COVID tracker? This clip-on accessory can detect the virus

A wearable COVID tracker? This clip-on accessory can detect the virus

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20/1/2022 6:08:00 PM

A wearable COVID tracker? This clip-on accessory can detect the virus

Yale researchers have developed a wearable device to detects the COVID -19 virus. It could monitor risk in restaurants, hospitals and other workplaces.

Dr. Bob Stout, a physician at Yale New Haven Hospital, wears a Fresh Air Clip designed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health. Yale researchers developed the wearable device to detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Its potential could help workers in high-risk settings, such as restaurants or healthcare facilities, know when they are at risk.

"The Fresh Air Clip is a wearable device that can be used to assess exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the air. With this clip we can detect low levels of virus copies that are well below the estimated SARS-CoV-2 infectious dose," said the study's author and chip creator Krystal Godri Pollitt, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and a Yale chemical and environmental engineering professor, in

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Your guide to the coronavirus and COVID-19 Dr. Bob Stout, a physician at Yale New Haven Hospital, wears a Fresh Air Clip designed by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health. Yale researchers developed the wearable device to detect the virus that causes COVID-19. Its potential could help workers in high-risk settings, such as restaurants or healthcare facilities, know when they are at risk. "The Fresh Air Clip is a wearable device that can be used to assess exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the air. With this clip we can detect low levels of virus copies that are well below the estimated SARS-CoV-2 infectious dose," said the study's author and chip creator Krystal Godri Pollitt, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and a Yale chemical and environmental engineering professor, in . Story continues "The Fresh Air clip serves to identify exposure events early, allowing for rapid action to be taken to get tested or quarantine, preventing viral spread should the participant not have had this early detection of exposure," she said. The researchers had 62 test subjects wear the clip between January and May 2021. Some wore the clip when working in restaurants, homeless shelters and health care facilities, while others wore them during daily activities such as shopping and exercising. Participants were asked to wear the clip at work for five consecutive days. Then, the film inside the clips was tested for the presence of the virus. Researchers found evidence of COVID in five clips – four worn by restaurant workers, one by a person working in a homeless shelter – and detected levels of the virus below the amount that infects someone. "The clip is intended to help prevent viral spread and offer guidance on where additional infectious disease control measures are needed," Godri Pollitt told USA TODAY. Researchers are using the Fresh Air Clips in additional studies at health care facilities in Connecticut and hope to make them available to members of public in the future. While the Yale researchers had test subjects wear the clips for five days, the film within could be checked more frequently if a restaurant, hospital, shelter or other business wanted to, Godri Pollitt said. And testing could be done onsite, also. "We are keen to expand use of the Fresh Air Clip and are exploring how best to scale application in workplaces, schools and with community members," she said. "We are currently using the Fresh Air Clip to monitor airborne viral exposures in high-risk settings and have risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission but also other common respiratory virus, such as influenza and rhinovirus." Follow Mike Snider on Twitter: