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HEIQ has launched a mask that inactivates the virus

Time : 2021-05-18 Hits : 15

HEIQ, a global leader in textile and materials innovation, has launched the HEIQ Metalliq, a mask that can detect and inactivate viruses and bacteria.The mask, which uses a patented design, actually contains an ultra-thin coating of pure copper added through a high-tech vapour deposition process called Heiq Metallix, which converts tiny amounts of copper into vapour that is evenly deposited on the surface of the fibres.

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HEIQ Metallix is a patent-pending technology developed by HEIQ's innovation partner, Australian materials technology company XEFCO.A study conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia, showed that fabrics treated with Heiq Metallix technology could significantly inactivate an infectious novel coronavirus in just 5 minutes.The test scheme simulates the real-life interactions of aerosols that contaminate textile products such as face masks.Each sample was exposed to a higher Novel Coronavirus load, followed by 5, 15, and 30min propagation at room temperature, and finally the remaining SARS-CoV-2 virus count was measured.The results showed that the fabric samples treated with HEIQ Metallix technology reduced the virus by more than 97.79% within 5min, 99.95% within 15min, and 99.99% within 30min, compared with the inoculation control.

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Copper is a natural element and a trace element that occurs naturally in humans, plants and animals.It has been known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties for hundreds of years.Materials treated with the Heiq Metallix process release copper ions, which inactivate viruses and bacteria, killing 100 percent of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae, and inactivating 99.95 percent of H1N1 viruses and 99.9 percent of human coronavirus 229E.

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