VIRUCIDAL FACE MASK
The definition of "virucidal" is the ability to destroy or inactivate viruses. In short, this means that a virucidal mask kills the virus when it comes into contact with the mask. The virucidal functionality deactivates viruses which have landed on the mask by reducing the risk of contamination due to accidental manipulation or cross contamination.
Originally, the mouth mask was promoted to avoid infecting other people around you. These masks provide the highest possible protection because a virucidal mask protects not only the other people around you, but it also guards the users of the mask in the best possible way. However, the wearers of masks still come too often (unconsciously) into contact with the mask with possibly contaminated hands. In addition, there are other factors that increase the risk of transmission of infection through the mask itself for the fact that a masks is a hotspot for viruses and bacteria.
The protection that this face mask gives to yourself is also incomparable with the protection from a standard FFP2 or Type 2R mask, because the contamination could also occur through contact with the mask itself. With this application, the risk of contamination is fundamentally reduced and even eliminated. No concessions are made to the safety of the mask and the wearing comfort is also maximized due to the unique composition of the mask material. The substructure of this virucidal mask is based on type 2R masks with filtering capacity qualified as FFP2 (+ the children's masks) which were developed by ECA N.V. exclusively.
For this virucidal application do we make use of plasma technology for the virucidal treatment of the
outer layer. The plasma activates the surface of the to be functionalized material (which is the spunbond, as the outer layer of the mask) and at the same time activates the molecules into the plasma to create a covalent bounding to the surface. The chemical substance that has proved the ultimate virucidal activity is citric acid.
- This is an authorized food additive by the FDA and it has always shown an excellent efficacy.
- The advice is provided by the Biocidal Products Committee of the European Chemicals Agency
ECHA/BPC/088/2016 dated 16/02/2016 concluding that: "The use of citric acid in antiviral face wipes does not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment."
- Citric acid is an authorized food additive in Europe and is known in the European Union's food additives database as E330.
- Ingestion: No acceptable daily intake has been set by any of the well-known organizations FDA, EFSA and OMS.
- Skin contact: The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety in its report SCCS/1274/09 considered that "the use of citric acid in cosmetic products, at a concentration up to 0.2%, as a preservative does not pose a risk to consumer health."