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Face masks with a smart fabric


Face masks made of a smart fabric capable of instantly inactivating enveloped viruses and antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been developed using a low-cost antimicrobial technology. Thus, this smart fabric is capable of inactivating the severe acute respiratory syndrome type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. This new technology has been transferred from the laboratory ( to the industry ( in record time for the mass production of new generation FFP2 masks and surgical masks in both adult and child sizes. These face masks possess antimicrobial activity and thus provide great protection to their users against microbial infections. These new face masks will be very useful to reduce COVID-19 infections in the current pandemic and other infections caused by enveloped respiratory viruses such as influenza. They will also provide great protection to the general population in future pandemics and in the menace of the exponentially growing threat of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.


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