New masks to prevent H1N1 virus

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Health matters: A patented barrier fabric imported from USA promises to provide high degree of protection against swine flu. —
Health matters: A patented barrier fabric imported from USA promises to provide high degree of protection against swine flu. —

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Boldness is a mask for fear. But it wouldn’t help against a virulent disease. With the swine flu scare in air, masks are up for grabs. But how safe are they? Here is a new protective gear, which promises to provide the best line of defence against the H1N1 virus.

Made of patented barrier fabric imported from North Carolina, USA, it is treated with microbe shield for anti-bacteria properties. It is also given Teflon treatment for fluid repellence and easy soil release.

While the masks available in the market have a pore size of more than 15 to 20 microns, this one has just 3 micron size.

“Viruses can still attack but this antibacterial mask offers a higher degree of protection than what is available in the market”, claims P.V. Ravi Kumar, director, Plus Ventilation.


A city based company, the Plus Ventilation is manufacturing clean room apparel for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, electronics and health care industry. The full length overall complete with hood and booties comes for Rs.4,000 and is more useful for healthcare workers who are in close contact with patients afflicted with HINI virus or HIV.

This protective outfit is already being used in the operation theatres by the Tata Cancer Institute, Mumbai, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai. Closer home companies like Virchow Biotech, Bharat Biotech, UNI-Sankyo Ltd are using the special garment.

For the general public, the Plus Ventilation is offering the antibacterial mask for Rs.100. The best thing about it is that it can be rinsed in hot water and reused.

“Even after 150 times of washing it will not lose its properties”, says Mr. Kumar.

What’s more it is non-sticky and non-absorbing. Even if a glass of water is poured into it, it doesn’t percolate.

At the same time it offers better air permeability for two-wheeler riders and others. If infected persons wear, the mask gives good protection against secondary infections, it is said.

The masks come in white, light and dark blue colours. They can be had from Plus Ventilation office in S.R. Nagar. Mr. Kumar can be reached on phone 9849025807.



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