Coronavirus: How to keep your mask clean

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As part of efforts at maintaining hygiene of nose masks as one of the Protective Personal Equipment (PPEs) to prevent contracting the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Patrick Grant, Associate Professor of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University,in the United States, has designed a compact and portable sanitising device for masks and other items that can be used at home or at work during the crisis period.

ConsumerConnect reports the item is described as a “portable hanging rack device” that designed as an enclosed chamber.

It has a plastic container with a handle and a stainless steel compartment.

The hanging rack and an ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light source is placed within either of these enclosed chambers and is capable of sterilising up to six masks simultaneously and quickly, killing bacteria, yeasts, mold spores, and viruses.

The new device was developed in response to consumers’ repeated use of face coverings.

According to Grant, bacteria from even a healthy wearer’s own respiratory droplets can collect on the inside and outside of a mask, and they could contain airborne pathogens capable of living on its surface.

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