A high-tech surgical mask that destroys all viruses and bacteria, tested up to 100% efficacy, has been launched by HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland. The MetalliQ mask with a patented design contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied using a high-tech vapor deposition process, called HeiQ MetalliX, which converts a minute amount of copper into vapor, allowing it to be deposited evenly to surround each fiber. The process is created by the company’s innovation partner, materials technology company, Xefco Pyt. Ltd., Eveleigh/Australia.
Studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne/Australia (Doherty Institute) showed that fabrics treated by the HeiQ MetalliX technology significantly deactivated the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus in as little as 5 minutes.
Copper is a naturally occurring element and is also a trace element that occurs naturally in all humans, plants and animals. The antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties of copper has been known for centuries and have been demonstrated by many laboratory studies. Treated materials have also been tested to kill 100% of staphylococcus aureus and klebsiella pneumoniae and deactivate 99.95% of H1N1 virus and 99.9% of human coronavirus 229E.