Rostec’s Aviation Equipment Holding is set to provide a unique mask that will protect against the Ebola virus.
With the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, individuals around the world have continued to search for a solution—whether it be a cure, or simply a preventative measure. Rostec‘s Aviation Equipment holding may have created a way to provide just that in developing a protective mask that they claim has a service life 180 times longer in comparison to similar products.
“The protective masks have been developed and tested by the Research Institute of Textile Materials, which is part of Aviation Equipment. They now have been transferred to the Main Military Medical Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for testing in Africa in areas where the Ebola virus has spread,” said Maxim Kuzyuk, CEO of the Aircraft Equipment holding.
It’s all about the layers
The personal protective device, which can be used after repeated washings (up to 20 times), is comprised of 3 layers that act as a defense to protect the wearer from harmful chemical substances and microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungal microflora. According to a press release by Rostec, the outer layers [of the mask] are made of a synthetic non-woven spunbond material, and the internal ones are made of the KTM-3 textile material, which has chemisorption properties
“The innovative material used in the masks possesses bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties, which last more than 360 hours, which is 180 times longer than any other analogs in the world. The microbe filtration coefficient is 100%,” said Kuzyuk.
If the masks prove successful, it could be a huge break in the war on Ebola. With equipment like this, more preventative measures could be taken and caretakers could access their patients with less danger to themselves.
“If the masks successfully pass examinations and tests, the holding will be ready to start mass production and deliveries of the individual protection means to the African population, rescue services and medical personnel operating in the Ebola-stricken zone in Africa,” the holding press service noted.