A "flu trap" that captures viruses could help prevent the spread of infection, scientists claim.This could make pocket handkerchiefs popular again! Now make it capable of catching cold viruses.
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.
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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.