Viruses, bacteria, and germs are omnipresent. However, with the pandemic and a nagging thought that we may have contracted Covid-19, constant testing is inevitable, expensive and yet, necessary. A team of Japanese scientists at the Kyoto Prefectural University, headed by its president Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, has an effective solution. This mask glows when exposed to traces of coronavirus. It is a much more cost-effective way to test for COVID-19.
These masks glow when exposed to ultraviolet light if they contain traces of the coronavirus, which is achieved by using ostrich eggs. The glow results from antibodies extracted from ostrich eggs, fluorescent dye, and the face shield’s innovative detection system. These glow masks are awaiting government approval and continued testing to put them into practical use. Meanwhile, Tsukamoto himself can vouch for the credibility of these masks as he discovered that he was positive for COVID-19 only after wearing one of the experimental masks and finding it glowed on checking. He confirmed his status with a polymerase chain reaction test.
“We can mass-produce antibodies from ostriches at a low cost. In the future, I want to make this into an easy testing kit that anyone can use,” Tsukamoto shared with Kyodo News. This sounds like a promising beginning for 2022, with the team expanding the experiment sample size to 150 participants and aiming to acquire government approval to sell the masks by next year. With these fabulous masks in our grasp coupled with Bill Gates’s optimism (He predicts that the Covid-19 pandemic will be over in 2022 itself), we hope the beginning of 2022 marks the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.