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A Bangalore based startup develops disinfecting mask that is washable

A Bengaluru based startup produces fabric to fight against Covid19 virus, global pandemic in the current era. It has manufactured a self-disinfecting mask and is affordable. Read below to know more.

Disinfecting Mask 

Infection Shield Technologies (IShield) is a startup and has produced fabric and is effective to fight against the Covid-19.

The company says that the mask is reusable and washable. It can avoid the infection of the Covid-19 virus in 99% of the circumstances. 

The masks are available in many e-commerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. The mask cost starts at Rs 199 with various colours, shape and size. It is said that the masks would be exported to Singapore and many other countries. 

They started to manufacture the mask this year after the outbreak of Covid-19 virus and was spreading in China’s Wuhan. IShield had anticipated that the virus could spread globally. 

Scientific Method

IShield has utilised a patent for the method of applying the molecule on fabric to make the mask disinfect the virus. They are also expanding into various fabrics, which includes PPEs for hospitals.  

Indian & United States scientists and technologists had classified a molecule, which is when applied on the fabric. It is helped to kill the virus, alike soap or alcohol scatters the virus. 

Anand Anandkumar, Ramaswamy, Desai, Nitish Sathyanarayanan, co-founder of IShield and Robert Deschenes, Professor, College of Medicine Molecular at the University of Florida teamed up to recognise the molecule that can be used for various purposes. 

The disinfecting mask has been examined for efficiency to fight against the virus at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, the University of South Florida and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP).

Features and specifications 

 

The mask is made in India which has 6-layer filtration. It has cotton comfort and allows one to breathe easily. IShield’s masks can be reusable for up to 30 washes. 

It consists of a long flexible nose clip to fit the nose and elastic ear loops which are a comfort. 

The best-fits are Square Shield or Round Shield to fit your facial structure. It is available in three sizes that are small, medium and large. 

The startup stated that masks are self-disinfecting, there is no need to clear it with disinfectant every day. They said that rinsing the mask with warm water would be more sufficient. 

The company has received orders from the government and retail sales. They are partnered with Paramount Cosmetics, which has a retail chain of above 50,000 stores over India. 

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