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Wearable Collector for Noninvasive Sampling of SARS-CoV‑2 from Exhaled Breath for Rapid Detection

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posted on 2021-08-24, 21:29 authored by Fernando Soto, Mehmet Ozgun Ozen, Carlos F. Guimarães, Jie Wang, Kallai Hokanson, Rajib Ahmed, Rui L. Reis, Ramasamy Paulmurugan, Utkan Demirci
Airborne transmission of exhaled virus can rapidly spread, thereby increasing disease progression from local incidents to pandemics. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states and local governments have enforced the use of protective masks in public and work areas to minimize the disease spread. Here, we have leveraged the function of protective face coverings toward COVID-19 diagnosis. We developed a user-friendly, affordable, and wearable collector. This noninvasive platform is integrated into protective masks toward collecting airborne virus in the exhaled breath over the wearing period. A viral sample was sprayed into the collector to model airborne dispersion, and then the enriched pathogen was extracted from the collector for further analytical evaluation. To validate this design, qualitative colorimetric loop-mediated isothermal amplification, quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, and antibody-based dot blot assays were performed to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2. We envision that this platform will facilitate sampling of current SARS-CoV-2 and is potentially broadly applicable to other airborne diseases for future emerging pandemics.

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