A new face mask that destroys viruses including COVID-19 was unveiled in Parliament yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa by a team of specialists from the University of Peradeniya following a long period of research.
Introducing this new face mask, University of Peradeniya Senior Professor of Chemistry Gamini Rajapaksa who conducted the research presenting the mask to the Prime Minister said that this mask was made of three layers and was the most technologically advanced face mask in the world.
Elaborating on the technology of the mask, the Professor said that the first layer was made to remove liquids, such as saliva, with immediate effect, whilst a special chemical in the second layer destroys the virus that finds its way and enters; and the third layer functions to evaporate saliva droplets.
He also pointed out that this mask can be washed and reused 25 times consecutively.
Specialist Dr. Chaminda Herath representing the research team said that research had shown that this face mask was more secure than the currently-used KN 95 face masks.
According to research conducted by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, it has been confirmed that 99% of the viruses retained on the face mask are destroyed. He stated that although the virus lasts on a normal face mask for about seven days, the new face mask could destroy it in a very short time, which was a significant feature.
This new face mask is currently being manufactured for the local market and is expected to be exported in the coming future with the assistance of the Trade Ministry.
Trade Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said that it was a matter of pride for the country to be able to introduce such an advanced product at export level.
Ministers, State Ministers and Members of Parliament were also present at this occasion.