FARMINGTON, Conn. — A group of students from the University of Connecticut along with team members at UConn Health in Farmington built an air purifier out of furnace filters, a fan and tape.
It’s called the Corsi-Rosenthal box, and it traps the COVID-19 virus inside.
“It captures fine particular matter in the air about as fine as a commercial filter,” said Marina Creed, APRN of UConn Health’s MS Center.
It also captures dust, mold, pollen and, of course, viruses.
“We’ve found these are incredibly effective at lowering the levels of particles and these particles transmit infectious diseases like COVID and the flu in classrooms,” said Dr. Kristina Wagstrom from the UConn School of Engineering.
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The glowing box, pulsing with rainbowy light, looks as if it was dropped into this Studio City living room from a warehouse rave.
It came, in fact, from the garage where Alex LeVine has been tinkering with fans, filters and tape, trying to bring a bit of fun to a simple tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The mesmerizing device uses fans and filters to pull contaminants — including smoke, dog dander and the unwelcome coronavirus — out of indoor air.
It can also flash in time to the sounds of Phil Collins. “In the Air Tonight,” of course.
“People aren’t embracing any of the other things that can avert disaster in this pandemic,” said LeVine, a 49-year-old cannabis company executive with an electrical engineering degree who started building trippy do-it-yourself filtration boxes as a hobby. “Maybe I can create a way to clean the air that people want in the middle of the room.”
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