University Students Invent “Smart Mask” to Detect COVID-19 Symptoms. But Will It Be Accurate or Safe?

By B.N. Frank

As COVID-19 concerns continue to increase, new and invasive technology is being invented, deployed, and worn in the U.S. in an effort to detect illness and prevent its spread. This includes wearables worn by American military personnel, employees (see 1, 2), school children and staff as well as expensive temperature scanning technology installed at schools and universities. There are skeptics who say this is more hurtful than helpful. Experts continue to warn about the obvious privacy risks and violations with this as well.

Nevertheless, University of Rhode Island students have invented a “Smart Mask” for symptoms detection. As if cloth masks weren’t uncomfortable enough.

From BizJournals:

URI students create ‘smart mask’ to detect Covid-19 symptoms

Heading into the fall, with little end in sight for the coronavirus pandemic, spells worry for the more paranoid among us. Was that cough symptomatic of a cold, the flu or Covid-19—or just a piece of dust catching in the throat? Is this fatigue related to coronavirus, or has the cold weather slowed us down?

Luckily, a team of eight students at the University of Rhode Island (URI) has stepped in to answer those questions with data. The students, from various engineering and computer science disciplines, have developed what they call “RespDetect,” a smart mask capable of monitoring and detecting Covid-19 symptoms.

The mask is equipped with a respiration sensor, a throat microphone and an ear temperature sensor. Using that hardware, RespDetect monitors the wearer’s breathing rate, body temperature and coughing rate, data it records wirelessly using an app. Doctors and nurses can use that data to decide how best to treat each patient.

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What is being tragically overlooked about “Smart Masks” and other symptom detection technology is how it also exposes people to harmful electromagnetic radiation which reduces their immunity to viruses and other illnesses as well as:

There have been numerous reports about COVID-19 tests being inaccurate (see 1, 2). There’s even been a report of a nasal swab test puncturing a woman’s brain lining. So is the urgency for testing and symptom detection worth the obvious drawbacks when universities can always collect and analyze students’ sewage?

Activist Post reports regularly about invasive and unsafe technology. For more information visit our archives and the following websites:

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