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National Science Foundation: Self Sanitizing Masks 

NSF Self Sanitizing Masks

NSF Self Sanitizing Masks

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show. I’m Paul Vogelzang, and this is episode #448. Today’s show is brought to you by Skylight Frame.


Current masks worn by individuals provide a physical barrier, reducing the number of escaped respiratory droplets that would become a new source of infection after entering the atmosphere or landing on objects and surfaces. 

Here’s the issue with the masks, and why they’re important: the spread of infectious respiratory diseases, such as COVID-19, typically starts when an infected person releases virus-laden respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing. To further slow and even prevent the virus from spreading, we need to greatly reduce the number and activity of the viruses in those just released respiratory droplets.

But, through a RAPID funding grant from the National Science Foundation, a new self-sanitizing medical face mask is being developed to deactivate viruses on contact.

This new mask mitigates the transmission and spread of viruses. How does it do it?

Always fascinating work from the National Science Foundation, and we thank NSF for their work and time.

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