An affordable self-disinfecting mask is coming to you
Updated: Sep 2, 2020
Bangalore based Infection Shield Technologies (IShield) has developed a fabric using a molecule that can kill the virus. It is similar to how a soap disperses the virus. The start-up has made a self-disinfecting mask using the fabric, which is effective against coronavirus. The fabric can be even used for the making of PPEs. The reusable mask can kill the virus in 99% of cases.
The molecule has been identified collaboratively by scientists in India and the US. The company identified the process to bind the molecule with fabric, enabling it to kill the virus. The company has filed for a patent for the process of using the molecule on a fabric. The mask has been tested at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), and the University of South Florida. This will go a long way in reducing the spread of infection. The mask can be just cleaned with warm water, requiring no separate disinfectant.
The company is looking forward to getting government orders as well as retail sales. The masks will be priced at Rs 199. It has partnered with Paramount Cosmetics, which owns 50,000 retail stores in India. It is also planning to export it to other countries.
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