According tomedia reports, dozens of new coronavirus vaccine is currently under development, but with the exception of front-line staff, the chances of anyone getting vaccinated this year are slim. At the same time, we must keep our social distance, wear masks, and avoid big parties to keep ourselves safe, and smart and innovative ways can make life easier for us now. It seems that masks aren’t the only fabric that protects us from deadly viruses.
This week, Fast Company published an article about an antiviral fabric therapy that kills SARS-CoV-2. The fabric is understood to have come from Intelligent Fabric Technologies ( IFTNA) at the Canadian biotech company. According to Giancarlo Beevis, the company’s North American CEO, their antiviral drug PROTX2 AV can kill 99.9% of the new coronavirus on dry textiles in 10 minutes and continue to work for up to 24 hours.
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According to Fast Company, the chemical can penetrate the shell of SARS-CoV-2, disrupting its ability to replicate. Most importantly, this treatment can be applied in the textile dyeing process without any additional steps or machinery. Beevis points out that an independent laboratory in Asia tested it according to the standards of the American Association of Textile Chemists, making it the first textile chemical to have the virus inactivated.
While other antimicrobial textile companies have also said they can provide protection against the new coronavirus, their products may mislead consumers because they have not yet demonstrated that their chemicals can prevent specific coronaviruses that are currently causing a global health crisis. IfTNA, on the other hand, offers.
As the attention grows, IFTNA says it is preparing a proTX2 AV-treated laundry additive that is expected to be available this fall. They are also developing a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) and a lifestyle travel brand called Underit. Both PPE and Underit will use the protective chemicals mentioned above.