COVID-19: IIT Delhi creates fabric-based antimicrobial mask

New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has created a cheap and highly effective mask to fight corona which can also be reused.
The mask is anti-microbial which can be washed and used 50 times, and has been made under the startup ‘Nanosafe Solutions’ of IIT Textile Department.
The mask is priced at Rs 299 for Pack of two and Rs 589 for Pack of four. The mask has 99.2 per cent bacterial filtration efficiency and complies with ASTM standards of breathability and splash resistance.
The team that developed the mask consists of Dr Anasuya Roy, an IIT Delhi alumnus, Founder and CEO of Nanosafe Solutions and Professor Mangala Joshi, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi.
“We believe this is the first fabric-based antimicrobial face mask launched in India, which is washable and reusable along with very high Bacterial Filtration Efficiency as tested according to ASTM standards. It is engineered to have very good breathability and comfort. The startup has already started manufacturing the masks,” Dr Joshi said.