As the fight against COVID-19 continues, many sanitization brands/companies have been busy. Due to the shortage of N-95 mask a lot of companies are making their own mask out of fabric. Now other brands and companies are stepping up their game by creating what seems like the next big thing: COVID-19 fighting fabric technology.
Recently, several apparel brands have developed antiviral protection throughout their clothing line. However, this is nothing new to the medical industry, as they wear mask and scrubs daily. Now, it’s more than just scrubs, companies have face masks, denim, and shirts. But the question everyone that is asking is… will the antiviral clothing work?
According to everyday health.com, “A front-runner in the antiviral textile business is Intelligent Fabric Technologies North America (IFTNA), a Toronto-based biotech company that produces a fabric treatment called Protex (officially known as PROTX2AV). The company’s lab tests have shown that Protex can kill 99.9 percent of SARS-CoV-2 particles within 10 minutes.” The website continues to explain how the fabric might have the chance to reduce the infection for someone who touches a surface.
Apparently, the well-known brand, Under Armor, is also including antiviral technology into their lines. According to Good Morning America, “… many consumers are looking for an additional layer of protection while working out. The Under Armour mask features an “antimicrobial treatment on the inside layer to help keep masks fresh.”
On GMA, A disease specialist, Dr. Simone Wildes, had an opinion of her own, “I don’t think [antiviral clothing] will make a difference in preventing COVID-19. Those of us who work in the hospital just wear gowns with all the protective gear which seems to work just fine, and we don’t have antiviral clothing.”
Although it’s not clear that if the virus can go through clothes, many companies are deciding to lean on technology to at least try and help stop the virus.