Researchers Discover Electroceutical Fabric Kills COVID-19 on Impact

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 14:22

Researchers have recently found out that an electroceutical fabric can kill coronavirus by disrupting its electrokinetic field.

Chandan Sen, IU School of Medicine professor and his team recently released a study that shows conclusive data that the virus is no longer infectious after contact with the fabric, which could be used in masks. If the masks are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the company Vomaris Inc. is ready to mass sell them, Sen said, Indiana Daily Student reports.

“The better the mask is, I think the more assurance we have as healthcare workers that we will be protected and to do our best to take care of our patients that need us,” said Ken Cornetta, an IU clinical medical and molecular genetics professor.

This fabric, which has a matrix of embedded microcell batteries that create a low level of electricity when moisture is present, would not only help the healthcare system, IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate said.

This fabric would allow people to wear it without necessarily having to change it, Cate said. Right now masks act more like a filter, Sen said, and the outside of the mask could be exposed to viral particles that if infectious could infect the person with the mask or somebody else.

More research is to come as the electroceutical fabric will have to be tested in the field. Although it works in a lab, further research would help show durability and how well it works on large samples, Cate said. He said it’s not easy to describe the impact of something until we see what it does.

Normally a project takes about a year, Sen said, but in this case his team was working 24/7 for about five weeks. The primary objective for Sen was not to impact academics or has another publication, but instead to share the information to help even just a few people.

Sen said he was moved by his team’s resilient work and their courage to run toward fighting the virus. Cate has seen the same from the team’s work.

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