Reportedly, the Pitt researchers have now created a durable, washable textile coating for PPE kits that can repel viruses.
The newly invented textile coating can not only repel liquids like blood and saliva but can also aid in preventing viruses from sticking to the surface. Journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces recently published the work.
“Recently there’s been focus on blood-repellent surfaces, and we were interested in achieving this with mechanical durability,” said Anthony Galante, Ph.D. student in industrial engineering at Pitt and lead author of the paper. “We want to push the boundary on what is possible with these types of surfaces, and especially given the current pandemic, we knew it’d be important to test against viruses,” he added.
The prominent feature of the textile coating is its ability to withstand ultrasonic washing, scrubbing and scraping. Considering that a protective gown can be only worn once before disposing it off and the current shortage of PPE kits, the latest development certainly comes as a respite as now the material can be properly washed and sanitized.