stElectronic device to curb airborne spread of novel coronavirus developed.
Kerala based start-up Allabout Innovations Pvt. Ltd developed a device - The Wolf Air Mask which can reduce 99 per cent of the novel coronavirus according to the test. The ‘Wolf Airmask’ ruptures the SARS-CoV-2, and has proven its efficiency at tests conducted by Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The ‘Wolf Airmask’ is the first of its kind in the country for RGCB to give such an attestation. The machine, called Wolf Airmask, generates negative ions that bind with the spikes in the coronavirus cells and neutralise it. Incubating under Kerala Start-up Mission, Allabout Innovations’s Wolf Airmask is developed with components from Denmark.
The company’s co-founder Shyam Krishnan Kurup, said that while sanitisation of surfaces and fumigation can get rid of the virus, this can only happen when there’s no one in the room. When infected people return to the room, the virus starts circulating in the air again. The machine, on the other hand, can be used in a room where people are present.
The company making the devices, called All about Innovations, said the machine was tested for efficacy at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Biotechnology, which is an ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) approved lab. Aries Group gave initial investment support. Boniface Gasper and Sujesh Sugunan are also co-founders of the company.
Kurup also said that the machine was tested with the actual Covid-19 virus.
The product price starts at Rs. 10,000- to Rs 50,000 depending on the area covered. It also helps in reducing difficulty in Asthmatic Patients, reducing stress, boost immune system function, increase metabolism of carbs and fats. It also helps regulate sleep patterns and mood.
The company said it has started getting import orders from countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and those in Europe and West Africa.
Kurup also said they are supplying the machine to hospitals in India. One device has also been placed in a high-risk chamber in the National Institute of Virology, where genome sequencing of various mutant strains of the Covid-19 virus is done.
Negative ions have also been touted to help with depression and anxiety. A 2013 meta-analysis of 33 studies conducted in this area found that there is a correlation between exposure to negative ions and reduced levels of depression, although it had no effect on sleep or anxiety.