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Face mask aims to deactivate virus to protect others – Phys.org

In the pandemic, people wear face masks to respect and protect others—not merely to protect themselves, says a team of Northwestern University researchers.

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In the pandemic, people wear face masks to respect and protect othersnot merely to protect themselves, says a team of Northwestern University researchers.
With this in mind, the researchers developed a new concept for a mask that aims to make the wearer less infectious. The central idea, which received support from the National Science Foundation through a RAPID grant, is to modify mask fabrics with anti-viral chemicals that can sanitize exhaled, escaped respiratory droplets.
By simulating inhalation,…

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