A plastic air filter has been developed to help protect against bacteria and harmful odours.
The air purifiers have been developed by Dr Daniel Rimmer of the University of Oxford and his team, who have also developed an air purification device called the boneco.
“It works by removing carbon dioxide from the air in order to remove bacteria, fungi and other harmful odour compounds,” Dr Rimmer told Vice News.
“These particles are so toxic that it’s a very effective way of killing viruses, parasites, and other organisms that are causing harmful odors.”
Dr Rimmer said the air purifers could help people with asthma or chronic respiratory conditions, as well as those who suffer from allergies or sensitivities to air pollution.
“You could potentially use it as a mask for breathing or as a way of controlling the flow of oxygen in your lungs,” he said.
“We’ve seen that in people who have lung problems that using this filter for oxygenation is actually very effective at controlling these symptoms.”
Dr Nick Burchfield, professor of clinical medicine at the University Hospital of Southampton, said air purifications could help in the treatment of lung cancer.
“The key is that you’ve got to find the right dose,” Dr Burchage told Vice.
“There are lots of things that we can do to treat cancer, but you need to do it very carefully.”
Dr Burchland said people with cancer could also benefit from air purifiying.
“This is very useful for people with lung disease, as they can breathe more easily, especially if they have allergies or sensitivity to the air,” he told Vice UK.
“I think it’s very important to be aware of what the risks are of using these devices.”
A study published in the journal Science last year showed air purifies at a higher rate than other cleaning devices.