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  • The 3D-printed device can detect if the wearer has been exposed to air containing SARS-COV-2.
  • The device measures 1 inch in diameter and is not operated by a power source.
  • Not yet available to the public, but will likely be brought to market in the near future.

Researchers from Yale University have developed a clip-on accessory capable of detecting SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection.

According to the findings of a study posted in the Environmental Science and Technology Letters, the device collects samples of air on a small sheet of film located inside a 3D-printed housing, which users can then open and inspect to learn whether the device has detected any air containing SARS-COV-2.

The device measures about 1 inch in diameter and can clip on to various clothing articles and furniture, allowing for an extremely diverse array of possible applications. Furthermore, it is not operated by a power source, meaning users don’t have to worry about charging or changing batteries.

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The device is not yet available to the public, but will likely be brought to market once sufficient testing has been performed.

Many individuals rely on test kits to stay informed of their exposure to the virus, which are often in short supply and can take extended periods of time to obtain results, thus causing further complications. The clip-on COVID detector may prove to be a game changer in the fight against COVID-19 by providing users with real-time updates on their exposure status to the virus.