Face mask that kills coronavirus developed by UK scientists in new breakthrough | UK | News (Reports)


The washable covering has been proven by a study to kill coronavirus with a 95 per cent success rate within one hour. The fabric has a chemical coating that kills viruses by rupturing their outer layer, and is being developed by a team at Cambridge University and UK company LiquidNano.

Further testing has been commissioned. The mask uses a technology that is based on ammonium salts, which are used in the textile industry for their anti-microbial properties.

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An initial study of the facemask was overseen by Dr Graham Christie, senior lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Christie said: “Our study showed that the coating on this facemask has strong anti-viral properties, which are likely to be effective against all types of coronavirus .

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“We initially tested it on a pathogen called MHV-A59, which is genetically and structurally very similar to the causative agent of Covid-19.”

Research showed that 95 per cent of viral pathogens introduced to the fabric were killed within one hour and virtually 100 per cent after four hours.


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