Astrophysicist Ends Up In Hospital After Coronavirus Invention Goes Wrong

Grant Boone
March 31, 2020

It half worked, but the real story is what happened with the gizmos and gadgets he used to make it - specifically, magnets, a few of which he says got permanently stuck in his septum.

In today's edition of pandemic fails, an Australian astrophysicist, Daniel Reardon, had to be admitted to a hospital with four magnets stuck up his nose. "The idea was to wear the magnets on your hand and some device around your neck that could detect the presence of a magnetic field", he continued.

'So if the device is worn on the neck, and magnets worn on the hand/fingers, it would activate the device and sound a buzzer if you bring them too close to your face.

This is when the academic realized that the electronic device he had subverted his expectations - it completed a circuit only when no magnetic field was present.

With medical authorities around the world advising people to stop touching their faces to help curb the virus, Melbourne-based Daniel Reardon believed he would try to create a sensor that could tell if your hands were close to your face, he said to CNN. "At this point, I ran out of magnets", Reardon said.

Reardon said he shoved two magnets into his nostrils and attached the two others on the outside. Alas, when he removed the two outer magnets, the two inside his nose clamped together and couldn't be removed.

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From there, Reardon said that his partner took him to the hospital because "she wanted all her colleagues to laugh at me". "I started to get more and more stressed when I realised it wasn't going to be trivial to remove them. After struggling for 20 minutes, I chose to Google the problem and found an article about an 11-year-old boy who had the same problem", he said. "The solution in that was more magnets - to put on the outside to offset the pull from the ones inside". Unfortunately, the researcher then attempted to use his remaining magnets to eliminate them. One astrophysicist followed in their footsteps in the name of covid-19 health research and ended up with magnets up his nose, at risk of a horrifying and violent death.

At the hospital, a team of two doctors applied an anaesthetic spray and manually removed the magnets from Dr Reardon's nose, but the chaos wasn't over.

He then desperately tried to use pliers to pull them out, but they quickly became magnetized. "It was a little bit painful at this point".

"At this point, my partner who works at a hospital was laughing at me", he said. "This is an injury due to self-isolation and boredom", they said.

Reardon took a photo of the medical report, saying he denied there were any additional magnets up his nose. "That could have been a bit of a problem if I swallowed or breathed it in, but I was thankfully able to lean forward and cough it out ..."

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