Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a flu trap, a fabric coating for masks and air filters that captures the virus and may prevent the spread of infection.
Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a fabric coating for masks and air filters that isolates the viral particles responsible for influenza. The technology mimics carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of cells lining respiratory airways and the oesophagus, or food pipe.
The team found a way to anchor sugary glycoproteins first to carbon cloth and then cheaper materials such as cotton. The molecules were able to capture and trap more than 99% of the flu viruses that came into contact with them.
Dr Ian Rowles, from the University of Manchester, said: “Our research does indeed show that this technology can slow the spread of flu viruses. We hope that eventually we’ll be able tackle all pathogens by using this technology. So watch this space.”