Do masks with antiviral coating offer more protection?

Is there more security for masks with antiviral coating?

It's an interesting thought, but not as robust independent research as to whether wearer safety or the avoidance of virus transmission is best supported by antiviral masks.

Their particulars vary; however, often antiviral masks are to be built or covered with items with additional anti-virus properties like copper.

Websites for various antiviral masks have no comprehensive knowledge on how researchers have evaluated their protection or efficacy, says Hyo-Jick Choi, a University of Alberta materials science specialist.

But the creation and testing of new mask technologies typically takes years, Choi said, who is in a company that has created a particular form of antiviral mask since the pandemic.

"Antiviral" masks also cost more than N-95 and surgical masks.

A single mask will cost up to $10; single-coated masks and N-95 masks can be available between 35 cents and $3 per mask at major stores.

Choi also suggested that a better approach to improve the efficacy of the masks that you are now utilizing is to ensure that you put them on, use and properly remove them.

"No mask is capable of shielding wearers entirely," said Jiaxing Huang, professor of materials studies and technology at Northwestern University, "but virtually every mask will help shield those around consumers."

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