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Anti-viral coating on face masks may kill coronavirus in one hour: study

Feb 15, 2021 11:39 IST

Face masks with an anti-viral coating may kill the deadly coronavirus in one hour, a new research by University of Cambridge, working with an anti-viral coating technology called DioX has found.

Reports suggest that this invisible coating attacks the virus by rupturing its outer layer, and even eradicates viral mutants. The study claims that unlike any other parts of the virus, the outer membrane remains the same irrespective of any mutation.

This DioX technology is based on quaternary ammonium salts, used in the textile industry. They concluded that masks coated with the compound, killed 95% pathogens within one hour and could not be detected after four hours. The mask was tested on a coronavirus structurally similar to SARS-CoV-2.

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