The story sounds incredible: Researchers at UC San Diego claim to be developing a colormetric strip that you stick on to a mask that will change colors when COVID is detected. The press is all aflutter about it. Researchers in San Diego just received $1.3 million to test the stickers for accuracy from the National Institutes of Health. This makes it sound like the stickers already exist.
So go to the college website, and you discover the truth: They haven’t been invented yet.
The team will create test strips, or stickers, that can be put on any mask (N95, surgical or cloth). They will be designed to detect the presence of protein-cleaving molecules, called proteases, that are produced from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Some clerk at the college managed to secure a grant for for over a million dollars that will fund a project that is in the concept phase and will likely never come to fruition.