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Sonovia hopes anti-viral masks can destroy 99% coronavirus

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Jun '20
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Pic: Sonovia
Following a successful laboratory test, Israeli firm Sonovia recently claimed that a fabric it has developed can neutralise about 99 per cent of the coronavirus even after multiple washes. The firm’s reusable anti-viral masks coated in zinc oxide nano-particles can destroy bacteria, fungi and viruses, and can help stop the spread of coronavirus, it claimed.

Sonovia said the washable fabric used in its masks neutralised more than 90 per cent of the coronavirus to which it was exposed, as per tests conducted in the Microspectrum (Weipu Jishu) lab in Shanghai, according to global newswires.

In the coming weeks, the fabric, which can also be used in textiles for hospitals, protective equipment and clothing, can neutralise almost 99 per cent of the coronavirus, Liat Goldhammer, Sonovia’s chief technology officer, said.

Sonovia’s clients include German manufacturers Bruckner and Weber Ultrasonics, and hospitals in Germany and the United States. It is conducting a pilot at Adler Plastic in Italy to use its fabric in vehicles and public transport and is selling its masks online to retail consumers.

The tests in China were performed in accordance with the international standard for determining anti-viral activity of textile products, Sonovia said in a statement.

The China tests followed a test last month on the material at Austria’s HygCen medical lab using the Vaccinia virus, which has similar properties to the SARS-COVID family, and showed ‘a good virucidal effect’, according to the lab report.

The company is also awaiting a series of tests in a German government-certified laboratory,” Goldhammer said.

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