According to CDC guidelines, masks are effective in blocking the spread of COVID-19 diseases caused by new coronaviruses. Unfortunately, such personal protective objects (PPEs) do not eliminate pathogens during contact. The good news is that a research team is considering introducing electric field technology into the fabric. Laboratory studies show that future personal protection products may benefit from this.
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The CDC cautions people not to touch masks and faces frequently, as the new coronavirus can survive for several days inside and outside the mask. But applying an electric current outside the mask can effectively disrupt the ability to infect cells.
The Forbes report explains that Electro-medical care is a new way to emerge in recent years. It combines the words “electrostatic” and “pharmaceuticals”, and the technology has been used to bandage wounds.
On the polyester products produced by Vomaris, there are metal dots that are alternately dotted with silver and zinc. This pattern creates a “micro-battery” that produces an electric field when exposed to humidity to prevent infection and help wounds heal.
How an electric appalying fights infections (via)
Chandan Sen, of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, who has worked on such technologies, is now proposing similar ideas for the prevention of new coronaviruses.
His team wrote a paper on how personal protective equipment made from dielectric fabrics kills new coronaviruses during contact.
In the reference experiment at room temperature, the new and ordinary fabrics were exposed to aqueous solution containing cells, and it was found that dielectric fabrics could effectively reduce the infection capacity of respiratory tubular viruses.
It is reported that the virus relies on static electricity to attach itself to the cells. Even a one-minute contact, the force field formed by dielectric material can effectively reduce the activity of virus particles. The researchers then recycled the cells used in the experiment and found that they were as healthy as uninfected cells.