Researchers Create Air Filter That Can Kill Coronavirus ‘Instantly’

Johnny Lopez
July 11, 2020 - 11:05 am

    A team of researchers at the University of Houston claim to have developed a heated air filter that can capture coronavirus and kill it in an instant.

    The filter is made from heated nickel foam and was designed by Dr. Zhifeng Ren, director of the Texas Center of Superconductivity at the university, reported the Houston Chronicle.

    Ren and his team conducted tests at Galveston National Laboratory and discovered 99.8% of the novel virus was killed “instantly” after passing through the filter that was heated to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, the outlet reported.

    Dr. Garrett Peel, who works for the medical real estate development firm Mediastar, collaborated on the filter’s design and believes it is a game-changer.

    “It filters the virus. It catches it. It kills it. Without impacting the temperature of the ambient air,” Peel said.

    The researchers envision a phased roll out of the filter to “high-priority venues” such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

    “This filter could be useful in airports and in airplanes, in office buildings, schools and cruise ships to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Ren said. “Its ability to help control the spread of the virus could be very useful for society.”

    Mediastar is looking to develop a smaller desktop version which could be used at an individual’s work station.

    "It's basically a high-performance COVID-19 killer," Peel said. "This is safe and effective. We want to roll this out of Texas first and start deploying them in schools, nursing homes. This unit could be deployed in 60 days."

    Peel is hoping the filter gets on the radar of federal and state leaders, so they can collaborate to get the filter in as many spaces possible.

    "It provides an extra sense of security, knowing that our children and elderly are protected," Peel added. 'We need our leaders to step up and create private and public partnerships to get this product into our schools and protect our children."

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