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Coronavirus-Killing Face Mask In The Works

Face mask and COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear face masks in the U.S. when going to public places during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

Per reports, scientists are reportedly making a face mask that would include an outer enzyme membrane that is capable of killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus-Killing Face Masks Reportedly In The Works

It was clear from the start that face masks are necessary for us as we go through this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. This is because talking loudly or singing is more than enough to emit tiny droplets of the virus that can travel to the air and infect other people who would have the misfortune of catching it unknowingly.

In fact, both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also stated that if face masks aren’t available, people should still find some other way to protect their faces and cover their mouths.

While a necessary protection, face masks aren’t perfect since there’s still the risk of touching our eyes, nose or mouth after we handle the mask. Thankfully, researchers are now reportedly working on a new face mask that can actually kill the coronavirus upon contact.

The virus-killing face mask is reportedly being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Kentucky, who said that the mask would have an outer membrane that features enzymes capable of catching and killing the virus. These enzymes would supposedly attach to the SARS-CoV-2 component that clings to our human cells and separate them, killing the virus in the process.

“The novel coronavirus is covered in club-shaped ‘s-protein’ spikes, which give it its crownlike, or coronal, appearance. The protein spikes are also what allows the virus to enter host cells once in the body. This new membrane will include proteolytic enzymes that will attach to the protein spikes of the coronavirus and separate them, killing the virus,” Dibakar Bhattacharyya, a chemical engineering professor, who mentioned that it would take six months to create and test the new face mask, said.

The director of the university’s Center of Membrane Sciences, Bhattacharyya has secured $150,000 to work on the idea.

With that being said, the face masks still don’t offer complete protection and people should still practice precautionary measures even if the COVID-19-killing masks become available.

Face mask and COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear face masks in the U.S. when going to public places during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

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