Researchers to Create Antiviral Membrane Mask

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 17:20

University of Kentucky researchers are working to create a face mask that would kill the coronavirus on contact.

Alumni professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya is leading the team, and he said the mask would be designed to kill the virus on contact, Lex 18 reports.

The basic idea is that the enzymes in the antiviral membrane mask would attach to the spikes on the novel coronavirus. Then, the enzyme would separate those spikes, killing the virus.

According to Bhattacharyya, one of the most important features of the mask is that it captures the coronavirus.

He said this would decrease the number of particles that are in the air and could be transmitted to others. He added that the masks would be nontoxic, very thin, and could potentially change colors when coronavirus is detected on their surface.

The mask would then be subject to scrutiny and testing to make sure it works properly. There is no definitive timeline for when they would be available to the public.

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