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Biological Cloth Face Coverings - The Reduction of SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza (H1N1) Infectivity by ViruferrinTM Treatment

Version 1 : Received: 1 April 2021 / Approved: 2 April 2021 / Online: 2 April 2021 (11:28:19 CEST)

How to cite: Medina Magues, E.; Stedman, A.; Hope, P.; Osorio, J.E. Biological Cloth Face Coverings - The Reduction of SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza (H1N1) Infectivity by ViruferrinTM Treatment. Preprints 2021, 2021040050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0050.v1). Medina Magues, E.; Stedman, A.; Hope, P.; Osorio, J.E. Biological Cloth Face Coverings - The Reduction of SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza (H1N1) Infectivity by ViruferrinTM Treatment. Preprints 2021, 2021040050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0050.v1).

Abstract

Fabric material was coated with Viruferrin™ and tested for its inactivating properties against the pandemic severe acute respiratory syndrome 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and influenza A viruses. A statistically significant (p<0.0001) decrease in the number of infectious virus particles exposed to Viruferrin-treated fabric when compared with the cotton control for both SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A viruses was observed. For both SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A, Viruferrin-treated fabrics experienced a > 99% virus reduction without saliva after five minutes of contact when compared to the positive control at time point 0. Furthermore, the reusability of the Viruferrin treated fabric was demonstrated by stability for up to 10 washes. The level of anti-viral (SARS-CoV-2) activity remained constant from 5 to 10 washes and demonstrated a significant difference (p<0.0001) from the unwashed untreated material. Applications for this treated fabric are far-reaching, and as a biological face covering offers not only a unique 2-way protection but also is unlikely to cause onward touch transmission.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; face masks; Personal Protective Equipment; Personal Protective Material; droplet; aerosols

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