ZURICH: Global leader in textile and materials innovation, HeiQ, has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a futuristic-looking, high-tech surgical mask that destroys all viruses and bacteria tested, up to 100 per cent efficacy.
HeiQ MetalliQ doesn’t only look metallic, the mask with a patented design actually contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied via a high-tech vapour deposition process, called HeiQ MetalliX, which converts a minute amount of copper into vapour, allowing it to be deposited evenly to surround each fibre.
HeiQ MetalliX is a patent-pending technology, created by HeiQ’s innovation partner, Australian materials technology company, Xefco.
Studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne showed that fabrics treated by the HeiQ MetalliX technology significantly deactivated the infectious Sars-CoV-2 virus in as little as five minutes.
The fabric samples treated with HeiQ MetalliX indicated a virus reduction of over 97.79pc in five minutes, 99.95pc in 15 minutes and over 99.99pc in 30 minutes, relative to the inoculum control.