Community Masks - from an Emergency Solution to an Innovation Booster for the Textile Industry
Keywords:Air permeability, Antiviral facemask, COVID-19 pandemic, Filtration efficiency, Wearing comfort
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in shortages of personal protective equipment and medical devices in the initial phase. Agile small and medium-sized enterprises from regional textile industries reacted quickly. They delivered alternative products such as textile-based community masks in collaboration with industrial partners and research institutes from various sectors. The current mask materials and designs were further improved by integrating textiles with antiviral and antimicrobial properties and enhanced protection and comfort by novel textile/membrane combinations, key factors to increase the acceptance and compliance of mask wearing. The innocuity and sustainability of masks, as well as taking into account particular needs of vulnerable persons in our society, are new fields for textile-based innovations. These innovations developed for the next generation of facemasks have a high adaptability to other product segments, which make textiles an attractive material for hygienic applications and beyond.
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Copyright (c) 2022 Till Batt, Gordon Herwig, Simon Annaheim, Pietro Clement, Lea Furrer, Cordula Hirsch, Vincent Varanges, Baris Caglar, Veronique Michaud, Jing Wang, Gilles Richner, Peter Wick, René Rossi
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