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“WIN-Masks: Washable Innovative Nano-Masks” to prevent COVID-19

 
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On 17 March 2020, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, in cooperation with Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (Public Organization) under Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, and their alliance, held a press conference on “WIN-Masks: Washable Innovative Nano-Masks” to prevent COVID-19. WIN-Masks consists of 3 layers of fabrics: allergen-proof fabric with Nano coating; antibacterial microfiber fabric with ZnO; cotton fabric. With these layers, the mask is 30-time washable, fluid resistant, and able to filter 2.5-5 microns particles and droplets. The mask, after tested, potentially prevents 65 percent of PM2.5 as same as a surgical mask while providing a comfortable feeling to the users. The mask is suitable for medical staffs who do not intimately contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19, non-healthcare staffs, and people necessary to be in crowded areas.

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