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Electrified Fabric To Combat Viruses

Indiana University generates electric fields on fabric to kill viruses.

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A mask that not only protects a person from a virus but kills it. Sounds too good to be true? The Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at Indiana University has been successful in generating electric fields across the surface of the fabric. Interestingly, it is an ordinary fabric when dry but as soon as anything dampens it eg. saliva, cough droplets, or any other body fluid- ions in the liquid trigger an electrochemical reaction that kills all pathogens on the surface.

The material was developed by Vomaris Innovations in 2012 to treat bacterial biofilms in wounds. Although the fabric has not directly been tested on COVID-19 but has been able to terminate various other strains of coronaviruses and lentivirus. Armed with this knowledge scientists hope to use it to make masks, PPE kits, bed sheets, and bed covers for hospitals. The cost of production of this fabric is very low and large scale production is possible. This virus arresting material can be used for large scale production of masks, PPE kits to limit the spread of COVID-19. It will also instill a sense of safety in the wearer as it is not only a protective gear but doubles up as an armor.

Another fabric, jointly developed by Japanese electronic company Murata Manufacturing and Jeijin Frontier, dubbed PIECLEX, generates power from expansion and contraction of the material itself. The low voltages aren’t strong enough to be felt by the wearer but are 99.9% effective in stopping bacteria and viruses from multiplying. Thus ideal for making masks and other protective gear for COVID-19

References – Daily Sabah and Scientific American

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The technology for electrified fabric has been developed in 2012, but this is the right time to utilize this technology. The world needs all the protection possible especially for COVID warriors, fighting the war against the virus. The technology can be utilized in the medical war as safety equipment, available until we reach a stage when a vaccine is available.

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