The UK government has invented a new face mask that eliminates COVID-19.
Nigeria online news reports that Gareth Cave, a scientist and nanotechnology expert at Nottingham Trent University, invented a face mask that “kills more than 90% of flu and coronavirus.”
Cave said the new masks will go into production in Nottingham at the end of November, adding that he expects them to be commercially available starting in December.
According to the Daily Mail, the masks will be available for healthcare, transportation and food service settings.
The new mask was found to use a copper coating that kills the virus rather than blocking or trapping it.
The antiviral face covering features a liquid repellent outer layer that reduces inhalation of disease-transmitting droplets.
The mask has five layers, including an antiviral layer made of nano-copper.
There is also a copper coating embedded in the mask that releases ions that kill the virus if they come in contact with it.
During testing, the mask allegedly showed the ability to kill more than 90% of coronavirus and influenza viruses for seven hours, and had a filtration efficiency of 99.98%.
“The mask we have developed has been shown to inactivate viruses on contact; the antiviral layer kills the virus that has been blocked by the filter layers, ”Gareth said.
“The challenge with conventional surgical-type masks is that they only prevent viruses from entering or exiting the mask. They do not have an active mechanism to kill him once he is trapped in the mask.
“Our new antiviral mask has been designed to use existing barrier technology and combine it with our nanotechnology to kill the virus once it is trapped there.
“We have added the barrier layer to both sides of the mask so that it not only protects the wearer but also those around. By killing the virus on contact, it also means that the used mask can be disposed of safely and not be a potential source of passive transfer.
“It is exciting to see our technology advance and have a real impact in fighting the spread of COVID-19.”