Face Mask Becomes ‘First’ To Successfully ‘Deactivate’ COVID-19 Virus
By Thanussha Priyah, 16 Jul 2020
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The University of Toronto confirmed that the TrioMed Active mask by i3 Biomedical Inc. is able to “deactivate” the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.
The Quebec-based company has created an external surface that can deactivate 99-percent of the virus within minutes, according to its press release. It also announced that it is a first-of-its-kind product in the market.
To prove the credibility of this mask, the gear was tested by researchers at U of T, who concluded that it works as intended. They also experimented if the virus can be spread from the external layer of the mask as people often adjust their masks with their hands.
The scientists “could not recover any infectious virus from the suspension that had been applied to the mask,” which is good news as it prevents contamination.
“The TrioMed Active Mask is the first and only respiratory protection that is scientifically proven to deactivate the virus causing COVID-19, therefore drastically reducing the risk of contamination for the wearer,” said Pierre Jean Messier, CEO of i3 Biomedical Inc., in a statement.
He also stated that the company had “spent years and millions of dollars to develop this interactive antimicrobial technology.”
The masks were on sale for CA$7.29 (US$5.54) in packs of five. However, they are currently sold out.
An antimicrobial coating developed by Quebec company I3 BioMedical Inc. can deactivate more than 99% of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – on the outer surface of medical masks, tests carried out by @UofTMedicine scientists have shown. 🔬 #UofT https://t.co/J1JVck4ymT— U of T News (@UofTNews) July 15, 2020
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