New surgical mask with an intelligent fabric to deactivate SARS-COV-2 virus

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Recently, a team of researchers from the San Alberto Magno Translational Center (CITSAM-UCV), led by Professor Angel Serrano, created intelligent fabric of masks.

The Catholic University of Valencia and the Valencian company Visa Medical, the manufacturer of the preventive health technology for innovation, have released a type IIR surgical mask with an intelligent cloth that can instantly inactivate the SARS-COV-2 virus that is responsible for COVID19.

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Figure: These intelligent masks, manufactured following the UNE-EN European standard, will be on sale in coming days.

The work of CITSAM-UCV researchers led by Professor Angel Serrano is truly commendable.

This fabric neutralizes the SARS-COV-2 virus, and also neutralizes other coated viruses, such as the flu, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis, which are resistant to methicillin.

From Visor Medical, CEO Maravillas Viudes says that the line of UCV Research-Visormed surgical masks with intelligent fabric will be on sale in both adult and child sizes.

Also, these intelligent masks, manufactured following the UNE-EN European standard, will be on sale in coming days.

These intelligent masks are part of the alliance between both entities with the commitment to serve society in its fight against the pandemic.

Besides that, a commitment that became a reality last May when the FFPCOVID MASK was launched and which is now complete with the surgical masks, which are very affordable so that all families can access them.

A spokesman for Visa Medical, which will create and market them, said the mask was made for research conducted since the epidemic began at Angel Serrano’s UCV Biomaterials and Biotechnology Laboratory.

And laboratory researchers, who belong to CITSAM-UV, were able to create intelligent filters with the ability to deactivate, which now use these masks.

Angel Serrano, Professor, San Alberto Magno Traslational Centre (CITSAM-UCV) said, “this new health technology represents ‘a step forward’ in protection against the pandemic, as the conventional masks that most of the population uses ‘do not have antimicrobial properties, and only prevent the virus from reaching the respiratory tract’.

On other side, they wanted to go further and develop a mask that also had the ability to destroy the virus as soon as it comes into contact with the fabric.They also saw that their filter was effective against multi-resistant bacteria that cannot be destroyed with antibiotics and represent a threat, especially for health staff.

Furthermore, these masks have the advantage of protecting in two directions: protecting healthy people from becoming infected and keeping infected people from releasing as many active viruses.

As it inactivates most of the microorganisms we expel when speaking, it also has the benefit of being a technology that leads to significantly less infectious waste from being produced, Serrano added.