With the hope to protect people from the Coronavirus, a bioengineering group from MIT and Harvard has designed a new kind of face mask that lights up when identifying the Coronavirus.

Face Mask Detect Coronavirus
A new face mask can light up when detecting Coronavirus.

In an interview with Business Insider, Jim Collins, a bioengineer professor at MIT gave a specific explanation about the advantages of this new face mask. Accordingly, wearers can use it in airports when they move through security, or in hospitals while you are waiting in a waiting room. The light-up face mask should be also used at work or in public.

Back in 2014, these bioengineers were those who invented a similar mask that was equipped with sensors and could identify the Ebola virus. Two years later, they once again renovated it to detect the Zika virus.

How The Face Mask Detects Coronavirus
Here is how the mask detects this fatal virus.

A fluorescent signal is emitted from the light-up face mask when a Coronavirus infected patient sneezes, coughs or breathes nearby.

The team has also paid lots of attention to the design of this special mask. They wonder whether to put sensors into this product or create a module that wearers can attach to all kinds of masks.

One of the most prominent advantages of this face mask is that it can help doctors save more time to detect the Coronavirus. Instead of gathering samples and testing them in the lab, they can now find patients with the fatal virus sooner and more easily.

Coronavirus Detecting Mask
You must look awesome if the new mask is designed like this.

However, Collins also emphasized that the Coronavirus detecting face mask has just been in the “very early stages”. The recent results, at least, have shown a promising future. Additionally, his researchers are testing whether the sensors can identify the Coronavirus in saliva samples or not.

Collins further said that his team has had a plan to set up trials with infected patients to check whether this light-up face mask can work as expected or not.