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Researchers at Berlin’s Freie Universität and ITA RWTH Aachen have confirmed that a new self-disinfecting technology that permanently destroys COVID-19 when applied to textiles or surfaces is effective.

The technology was developed by Swiss hygiene firm Livinguard and is capable of continuously inactivating exhaled viruses, with a 99.9 per cent success rate against COVID-19. Face masks utilising the technology are already being used by frontline workers in Germany, Singapore, Japan and the USA.

Uwe Rösler, from the Institute for Animal and Environmental Hygiene, commented: "Our research has proven that the textiles in these masks can continuously inactivate the exhaled viruses and can make handling these masks even safer overall. In addition, such textiles could also help to reduce hygienic issues in other general and medical areas, even beyond COVID-19."

Livinguard founder and CEO Sanjeev Swamy said: “As governments seek to restart their economies, technology will play an important role in the protection of health and wellbeing. Our masks provide hygiene suited for the modern world.”

“What is truly exciting for us is that this technology has been proven effective and safe for everyday uses, such as for use on airplane seats and public transport, to protect our population in all areas of life. Through this, we hope to be able to open possibilities for governments and public health authorities to move more quickly to re-open, while keeping the populations safe.”

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