Gareth Cave, a scientist and nanotechnology specialist at the University of Nottingham Trent, United Kingdom, Invents a face mask that “kills more than 90% of flu and coronavirus.”
Cave said the new masks are due to go into production in Nottingham at the end of November, adding that he is hoping that they will be commercially available from December.
Daily Mail states that face masks will be required for healthcare, transportation and food service settings.
It has been discovered that the new mask uses a copper liner that destroys the virus instead of preventing or trapping it.
The anti-viral face covering features a fluid-repellent outer layer that reduces the inhalation of droplets that carry the disease.
The face mask features five layers, including an antiviral layer made of nano-copper.
There is also a copper lining embedded in the mask which releases ions that kill the virus if they come into contact with it.
During tests, the face mask reportedly showed the ability to kill more than 90% of coronavirus and influenza viruses over seven hours, and had a filtration efficiency of 99.98%.
“The mask we’ve developed has been proven to inactivate viruses upon contact; the antiviral layer kills virus which has been blocked by the filter layers,” Gareth said.
“The challenge with conventional surgical-type masks is that they only block virus from entering or exiting the mask. They don’t have an active mechanism for killing it once it’s trapped in the mask.
“Our new antiviral mask has been designed to utilise the existing barrier technology and combine it with our nanotechnology to kill the virus once it is trapped there.
“We’ve added the barrier layer to both sides of the mask so not only does it protect the wearer but also those around. By killing the virus on contact, it also means that the used face mask can be safely disposed of and not be a potential source of passive transfer.
“It’s exciting to see our technology move forward and make a real impact towards the fight against the spread of COVID-19.”