Elche, Spain, Mar 30 (efe-epa).- Elche in southeastern Spain on Tuesday became the latest city after Valencia and Castellon to join a groundbreaking study that measures coronavirus particles in the air in urban areas.
The results of the study will be used to develop an alert system that would help health authorities anticipate potential outbreaks in future.
A device that collects samples of atmospheric aerosols has been set up on a square in central Elche, where several bars and restaurants welcome customers who remove their masks while eating or drinking, making it an ideal location to study the potential presence of virus particles in the air, professor Nuria Galindo, from the Laboratory of Atmospheric Contamination of the Faculty of Physics of the University Miguel Hernández (UMH), explained.
The mayor of Elche, Carlos Gonzalez, said he was pleased that Elche has joined the pioneering strategy to fight the virus through a tool that is “very valuable for warning and prediction”. EFE-EPA