Radio Canada International: Mask uses salt coating to kill pathogens, garners award

By Lynn Desjardins

A new salt coating can be applied to medical masks to kill viruses and bacteria before they penetrate, and a researcher at the University of Alberta has earned an award for her work developing it. When airborne droplets land on the mask the salt dissolves, but then the liquid evaporates and the salt grows back with sharp edges that severely damage the bacteria or virus. It is said to work within five minutes of pathogens landing on the mask.

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