A man removes his face mask for a throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing. Chinese researchers say their new smart mask could help prevent future outbreaks of respiratory diseases. Photo: AP
A man removes his face mask for a throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing. Chinese researchers say their new smart mask could help prevent future outbreaks of respiratory diseases. Photo: AP
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Smart mask could be an early warning system to prevent outbreaks of respiratory diseases

  • Chinese team develops wearable bioelectric mask that can sniff out diseases such as Covid-19 and influenza
  • Experts say device could be modified to detect new pathogens in future outbreaks

A man removes his face mask for a throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing. Chinese researchers say their new smart mask could help prevent future outbreaks of respiratory diseases. Photo: AP