The first textile and reusable mask with proven ability to inactivate the new coronavirus, responsible for covid-19, was created in Portugal, in a cooperation project between the business, academic and scientific community, was announced today.
At issue is the MOxAd-Tech mask, which “successfully surpassed the tests carried out by the João Lobo Antunes Institute of Molecular Medicine, making it the first mask capable of inactivating the SARS-CoV-2 virus”, informs the consortium in a statement. responsible for innovation.
Composed by the manufacturer Adalberto, the retailer of the Sonae Fashion (Mo) group, the Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, the Technological Center of the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal and the University of Minho, this project “of cooperation between the business community , academic and scientific ”then allowed“ the development of a high performance reusable mask ”, which in addition to being made of a fabric with antimicrobial characteristics, now has proven“ additional protection ”.
After several tests carried out by the João Lobo Antunes Institute of Molecular Medicine, it was concluded that “the mask benefits from an innovative coating that neutralizes the SARS-CoV-2 virus when it comes into contact with the tissue, an effect that remains even after 50 washings ”.
Pedro Simas, a researcher and virologist at this institute, explains in a press release that “tests on the MOxAdtech mask revealed an effective inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 even after 50 washes, where a 99% viral reduction was observed after one hour of contact with the virus, according to the test parameters indicated in the international standard ”.
"In a simplified way, these tests consist of the analysis of the tissue after contact with a solution that contains a certain amount of virus, whose viability is measured over time", says the expert.
These masks, produced in Portugal, are already being sold for 10 euros in the country and also throughout the European Union.