SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recently completed tests in the United States at the Colorado State University Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL-3) research laboratory have demonstrated, for the first time, that the surface material of a new face mask can eliminate more than 99.99 percent of the SARS-CoV-2 virus strain within 30 minutes. No other face mask material has demonstrated this capability to date.
Based on the research, 99.57 percent of the virus was neutralized within 10 minutes, when compared to the control material, which lacked the antiviral component. The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes COVID-19.
The material used in the face masks, constructed with the proven and patented antiviral material, is designed to battle the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Named the "Virus Buster" in the marketplace, several different models of the face mask are being sold throughout the world. The manufacturer is a Korean company named MediFiber.
Reducing the amount of SARS-CoV-2 virus activity on the face mask could make it less likely that wearers will infect themselves by coming into contact with the virus while removing their masks and accidentally touching their mouths, noses or eyes.
The masks are intended to provide two-way protection. They are designed to protect the wearer from virus droplets that might land on the surface of the wearer’s mask. The antiviral material, known as "CAZ," is also potentially capable of deactivating viral droplets from being exhaled by anyone infected by COVID-19 illness.
The tests at Colorado State University’s BSL-3 laboratory were arranged for the manufacturer by Coppermedics, a sales and marketing consultancy focused on copper’s public health potential. The CSU team did not conduct any particle filtration efficiency tests […]