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    Default A Titanate Nanowire Mask That Can Reduce Pathogens

    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    August 7 2020

    As part of attempts to curtail the Covid-19 pandemic, paper masks are increasingly being made mandatory. Their relative effectiveness is no longer in question, but their widespread use has a number of drawbacks. These include the environmental impact of disposable masks made from layers of non-woven polypropylene plastic microfibres. Moreover, they merely trap pathogens instead of destroying them. "In a hospital setting, these masks are placed in special bins and handled appropriately," says László Forró, head of EPFL's Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter. "However, their use in the wider world -- where they are tossed into open waste bins and even left on the street -- can turn them into new sources of contamination."


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    Default Re: A Titanate Nanowire Mask That Can Reduce Pathogens

    The disposal issue certainly makes sense. I question whether you can refer to a mask made from layers of non-woven polypropylene plastic microfibres as "paper."
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