IIT designs surfaces to prevent coronavirus
It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and Covid 19 has forced us to invent novel ways to adapt to the virus.
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati have developed methods to detect and prevent the novel coronavirus. They use bio-interface interactions between the virus and the surface spike protein.
The novel coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) is composed of inner nucleic acid which is covered with surface spike glycoprotein and the engineered surfaces can be potentially applied for the detection as well as prevention of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the virus.
The interaction between the spike protein and contacting surfaces constitutes the key step of transmission of coronavirus. Thus, surface engineering, on one hand, shall facilitate a quick detection method and on the other hand, it would be a very secure method of protection against the virus, for example when applied on PPEs.
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IIT Guwahati has also developed a first-of-its-kind self-check kiosk to detect and prevent novel coronavirus disease. It instantly detects and records the syndromes associated with COVID-19 and raises an alarm in case these are beyond limits. It only takes about 30 seconds to check whether a person is safe to enter the premises or not.