The University of Toronto's team of researchers has confirmed after extensive testing that the newly developed face mask can effectively detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
The Quebec-based firm i3 Biomedical Inc. has developed a mask named TrioMed Active Mask, which has an external surface that effectively deactivates 99% of the virus in a couple of minutes. In the firm's press release, the firm has promoted the mask as the first of its kind. Alongside this, to make sure their claim, the University of Toronto's scientists have tested and then confirmed that the mask does its works effectively as it is claimed.
In a statement, i3 Biomedical Inc. CEO Pierre Jean Messier has said that the TrioMed Active Mask is the first and only respiratory protection that is scientifically proven to deactivate the COVID-19 viruses. Thus it is notable to except if an individual wears the mask, it curbs the risk of contamination. He further added that the firm spends years and invested millions of dollars in developing this interactive antimicrobial technology.
The University of Toronto lead scientist of molecular genetics department Professor Scott Gray-Owen in the Faculty of Medicine has employed faculty's high-tech containment level three (CL2) lab to detect the effectiveness of the TrioMed Active mask's antimicrobial coating.
A statement from the university stated that the researchers have found the novel coating deactivated over 99% of SARS-CoV-2 in minutes. This finding could represent a significant boon for frontline healthcare workers who are at higher risk of being contaminated with the virus by adjusting or touching their face masks. The researchers have also found that the novel viruses have been seen to linger on the outer layer of masks for maximum of 7 days.
The biggest challenge for the majority of people in the population who usually never wear surgical masks by stating that it is not comfortable. And if they wear, they keep on adjusting their mask. So this tends to the increased risk of contamination if their hands are non-sanitized, they will be contaminating a mask close to their face, and chances are they even depositing the virus on the mask, which might be inhaled, Grey-Owen continued.
When the antimicrobial coating present on the masks, the researchers could not retrieve any infectious virus from the suspension that had been applied to the mask. Grey-Owen stated that the team had repeated the tests, and it was reproducible research, so it was quite clear that there was a difference between non-coated and TrioMed coated material.
As per the company press release, the TrioMed Active Mask has a shelf life of 5 years, and it is available for $7.29 in the pack of five at well.ca.
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