May 12, 2021: Digantika Bose, who is a student in 12th grade, claims that the mask she has invented can kill the novel coronavirus. Bose, hails from the Purba Bardhaman district of West Bengal, India. And recently she has claimed that the mask which she has invented can kill the coronavirus potentially.
Digantika Bose: School student invents special mask
The COVID-19 mask which she has invented would be exhibited in the Google’s Museum of Design Excellence in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
In an interview, she shared that her mask has 3 chambers and there is a negative ion generator which filters out all the dust particles present in the air. So, when the filtered air enters through the second chamber of the mask, it reaches the third one which is actually a chemical chamber. This third chemical chamber contains a mixture of soap and water and this solution can kill the deadly virus.
How the mask will potentially save the people?
Notably, if a person infected with the COVID-19 virus uses this mask, then the air which that infected person would exhale will go through a similar process and thus the uncontrollable spread of this virus can be stopped to a large extent.
Bose also shared that she has approached the state health department of West Bengal for the trials on the mask and to test that it could be a potential barrier against the spread of COVID-19 virus. Bose shared further that she had made this mask during the first wave of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
What Digantika Bose has to say about her mask?
Bose was noted saying in her interview that, “We know that soap water kills the virus, so when the air reaches the third chamber, the chemical solution has the potential to kill the virus. I made the mask during the first lockdown with whatever resources I had. I have always been interested in such things.”
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Well, this is not the first time that Digantika has made such an invention. She had always had a knack for such creations and had previously made a special pair of glasses for the local residents in the Sunderbans that enabled them to look behind without turning their heads backwards. This invention had helped the locals to be aware of the wild animals in the forests that could easily prey on them from behind.
Reportedly, Digantika Bose has been awarded the APJ Abdul Kalam Ignite Award thrice. And the third time, for which she was awarded the prestigious Laurel was for inventing a comfortable mask which does not strain the ears when worn.