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(Japan Today)   Using ostrich antibodies, Japanese scientists develop special masks that glow in UV light when exposed to coronavirus. "The university president discovered that he himself was positive for COVID-19 after wearing one of the experimental masks"   (japantoday.com) divider line
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2021-12-11 6:01:10 PM  
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2021-12-11 6:11:37 PM  
The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?
 
2021-12-11 6:20:17 PM  

Lsherm: The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?


Hospitals and first responders
 
2021-12-11 6:27:36 PM  

cretinbob: Lsherm: The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?

Hospitals and first responders


I could be way off base here, but I think it would be extra useless to them. They already KNOW they're being exposed to Covid. Maybe nursing home staff?
 
2021-12-11 6:34:07 PM  

Lsherm: cretinbob: Lsherm: The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?

Hospitals and first responders

I could be way off base here, but I think it would be extra useless to them. They already KNOW they're being exposed to Covid. Maybe nursing home staff?


You are way off base
It would be super helpful to know if you've been exposed at the end of the run or shift.
Way better than sticking a twig up your nose
 
2021-12-11 6:44:58 PM  

cretinbob: Lsherm: cretinbob: Lsherm: The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?

Hospitals and first responders

I could be way off base here, but I think it would be extra useless to them. They already KNOW they're being exposed to Covid. Maybe nursing home staff?

You are way off base
It would be super helpful to know if you've been exposed at the end of the run or shift.
Way better than sticking a twig up your nose


Fair enough. I just assumed if you were in a hospital you automatically assumed you were exposed to Covid. I assume I'm exposed to Covid every time I open my front door :)
 
2021-12-11 7:47:06 PM  
Allegedly.
 
2021-12-11 7:53:54 PM  
So they take a filter out of a mask, expose it to ostrich antibodies and the check if it glows under UV light. Why not just use a saliva sample instead so this can be applied as a rapid screening test prior to admission to events where social distancing is difficult or impossible?
 
2021-12-11 8:49:27 PM  

fragMasterFlash: So they take a filter out of a mask, expose it to ostrich antibodies and the check if it glows under UV light. Why not just use a saliva sample instead so this can be applied as a rapid screening test prior to admission to events where social distancing is difficult or impossible?


That will probably be next. Give it time.
 
2021-12-11 10:09:13 PM  
These Glow-in-the-Dark Coronavirus tests will be great on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
 
2021-12-11 10:35:37 PM  
"We can mass-produce antibodies from ostriches at a low cost."

A strong contender for the things we never would have guessed we'd ever need award.
 
2021-12-11 11:09:31 PM  

cretinbob: fragMasterFlash: So they take a filter out of a mask, expose it to ostrich antibodies and the check if it glows under UV light. Why not just use a saliva sample instead so this can be applied as a rapid screening test prior to admission to events where social distancing is difficult or impossible?

That will probably be next. Give it time.


Instant, cheap tests will be what put a stake in this monstrosity in the west.

Every time you go anywhere you could expose people -> tested at the door.
 
2021-12-12 12:42:48 AM  
Exposure isn't the problem, it's whether we have enough exposure to overwhelm our system.
 
2021-12-12 1:18:26 AM  
Glowing ostriches? I give them a month before they make a chocobo.
 
2021-12-12 2:38:24 AM  

trerro: Glowing ostriches? I give them a month before they make a chocobo.


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Already accomplished. Why do you think they had glowing ostriches lying around?
 
2021-12-12 3:17:36 AM  

SomeAmerican: "We can mass-produce antibodies from ostriches at a low cost."

A strong contender for the things we never would have guessed we'd ever need award.


If it weren't for cheap ostrich antibodies, I wouldn't have spent that year in college.
 
2021-12-12 5:01:40 AM  

BolloxReader: Exposure isn't the problem, it's whether we have enough exposure to overwhelm our system.


Knowing if any are in the room helps in a home environment after an unvaxxed person, or someone who's been exposed to omicron has been.
 
2021-12-12 9:31:15 AM  
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2021-12-12 10:02:46 AM  

Lsherm: cretinbob: Lsherm: The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?

Hospitals and first responders

I could be way off base here, but I think it would be extra useless to them. They already KNOW they're being exposed to Covid. Maybe nursing home staff?


Reminds me of the sutures that detect infection. Infected wounds are so common that it's practically pointless. Those sutures performed only marginally better (maybe) than me saying "yep, it's infected" without even looking. Using these masks in a helthcare setting would be similar. And they probably suck compared to proper testing, which is already fairly cheap.
 
2021-12-12 10:25:02 AM  

Lsherm: The team then developed a special filter that is placed inside the face mask. The filter can be taken out and sprayed with a fluorescent dye containing the coronavirus antibodies from the ostrich eggs. If the virus is present, the filter will glow when shone under an ultraviolet light.

This is never going to catch on. We can't get people to wear masks in the first place, who is going to go through all that?


That and the whole "using the unborn to make medicine" angle.
 
2021-12-12 10:40:32 AM  
Did I read this right - the test is for when you wear a mask and a filter under the mask. You spray the filter with the ostrich antibodies. Then you put the filter under a UV light.
And it detects if you have been breathing out the virus into the filter. Short small exposures wouldn't go through the outer mask enough to be detected?
Also the comments in the article don't seem to realize wearing a mask in Japan was normal before the pandemic.
 
2021-12-12 10:43:45 AM  

Sexy Jesus: That and the whole "using the unborn to make medicine" angle.


Or using the unborn to make breakfast
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2021-12-12 2:08:09 PM  

cretinbob: It would be super helpful to know if you've been exposed at the end of the run or shift.


Assume the answer is yes.
 
2021-12-12 2:32:29 PM  

paswa17: Also the comments in the article don't seem to realize wearing a mask in Japan was normal before the pandemic.


Every article about covid has comments filled with dumbfarks going on about conspiracies/etc.
 
2021-12-12 5:50:44 PM  
If this catches on, I'm going to make a million dollars selling glow in the dark masks to Republicans so they can own the libs.
 
2021-12-13 1:13:50 AM  

paswa17: Then you put the filter under a UV light.


This is where i don't get it. Doesn't tons of shiat glow under a black light? What makes this UV light special in a way that prevents false positives? It seems like avoiding contamination during real world use would be really hard.
 
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