New filter system seen as possible help against virus

    Washington, DC (ABC) - Medical teams continue to search for an effective vaccine against COVID-19, and a team of researchers in Texas report they may have found a potential defense against the virus itself.

    The University of Houston team has designed a filter that heats the air passing through it to nearly 400 degrees.

    They are working on the theory that the virus can't survive extreme heat.

    Researcher Zhifeng Ren said there was no sign of the virus after it was run through the filter.

    He said they plan to roll out the filter to the general public as quickly as possible, "As kids get back to schools, workers back to factories and the society goes back to normal, we hope for a quick rollout of the filter."

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the country could face a resurgence in new virus cases with high infection rates in the South and West.

    Dr. Fauci advocates for a mask mandate to help prevent the spread of the virus.

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