A “flu trap” that captures viruses could help prevent the spread of infection, scientists claim. Researchers at the University of Manchester have developed a fabric coating for masks and air filters that isolates the viral particles responsible for influenza. The technology mimics carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of cells lining respiratory airways and the oesophagus, or food pipe.

Paul Hope, director of the biotec company Virustatic that is seeking to commercialise the idea, said: “It’s a whole new preventative approach to disease and if implemented could be transformative.” “We’re now at the stage where we’re looking for strategic partners to take this technology forwards in terms of developing new products.” READ MORE