The COVID-19 viral pandemic continues in 2021 with a brand new variant, omicron, which has a number of alterations within the spike protein and possibly extra transmissible. As a designer working within the hybrid of biosciences, know-how, style communication, and scent, right here I current a doable addition to the armamentarium of measures to comprise SARS-CoV2 with novel wearable applied sciences designed to cut back the most common methodology for illness transmission: airborne unfold.
This design-led presentation introduces transformative know-how that would doubtlessly change the face of excessive safety by way of reusable FFP3 masks and the usage of scent and antiviral properties in real-life situations. I’ll introduce a possible methodology for lining the higher respiratory tract with no matter protecting substance is required by offering a wearable nebulizer that gives “personal protection assurance” by way of a patented liquid supply system. Combining filtration of air from a hostile surroundings with nebulized remedy designed to inhibit viral attachment and evidence-based stress-reducing aromas in a wearable machine may be an efficient method to cut back viral unfold.
Further work is required to evaluate the effectiveness or in any other case of viral attachment inhibitors in vitro, then in vivo and to quantify stress discount by olfactory cues.
Dr Jenny Tillotson is a designer, inventor, and the founding father of “eScent”, a Platform-based deeptech firm within the wellness scent market, protected by a number of awarded/pending patents. The firm just lately gained an Innovate UK “Sustainable Innovation Fund” Award, prototyping a transformative know-how to develop reusable, excessive safety masks and demonstrating the utility of scent and antivirals in real-life situations. Jenny is at present a Visiting Researcher within the Dept of Psychiatry on the University of Cambridge. Jenny holds a Ph.D. in Textiles from the Royal College of Art has a transdisciplinary strategy knowledgeable by neuroscience and sustainable design pondering. She is a former Visiting Scholar in Healthcare Biotech within the Dept of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology on the University of Cambridge, a former Reader in “Sensory Fashion” at Central Saint Martins (UAL), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Churchill Fellow and an Associate Member of the British Society of Perfumers, and the Royal Society of Biology. She has gained a number of awards, revealed extensively in science and design journals, and exhibited internationally.
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