HeiQ launches HeiQ MetalliQ, a mask with revolutionary copper technology that inactivates the COVID-19 virus in five minutes
Zürich, Switzerland, May 5, 2021 — Heiq , a global leader in textile and materials innovation, launches HeiQ MetalliQ, a high-tech, futuristic-looking surgical mask capable of destroying all viruses and bacteria, tested 100% effective. This innovative mask is manufactured in Spain, HeiQ Medica’s R&D and production center.
HeiQ MetalliQ It doesn’t just have a metallic appearance. The mask, with a patented design, is composed of an ultra-thin pure copper coating, which is applied in a highly technical vapor deposition process, baptized as HeiQ MetalliX. This process converts a tiny amount of copper to vapor, allowing it to be deposited evenly around each fiber. HeiQ MetalliX is a patent pending technology, created by the Australian materials technology company Xefco , innovation partner of Heiq . Studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Studies in Infections and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia, demonstrated that tissues treated with HeiQ MetalliX technology significantly inactivated the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) in as little as 5 minutes.
The test protocol simulated the real interaction of particles and aerosols that contaminate textiles, such as masks. Each sample was exposed to a high SARS-CoV-2 load followed by an incubation time of 5, 15 and 30 minutes, at room temperature, before measuring the residual amount of the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus. HeiQ MetalliX treated fabric samples indicated a virus reduction of more than 97.79% in five minutes, 99.95% in 15 minutes, and more than 99.99% at 30 minutes.
“Our team of experts continues to work tirelessly to minimize the impact of the new coronavirus.” Dr. Julie McAuley, Senior Director of Research at the Doherty Institute stated: “Testing the ability of different surface treatments to reduce the activity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is one of the ways that our research can contribute insights to help stop the spread of COVID-19 “.Dra. Julie McAuley, Senior Director of Research at the Doherty Institute
Copper is a natural element present in the earth’s crust, soil, oceans, lakes and rivers. It is also a element naturally present in all human beings, plants and animals. The antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties of copper have been known for centuries and they have been proven by many studies. Materials treated with HeiQ MetalliX release copper ions that inactivate viruses and bacteria. The treated materials have also been shown to remove 100% of Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae and They inactivate 99.95% of the H1N1 virus and 99.9% of the human coronavirus 229E.
Developed in the European Union, HeiQ MetalliQ is manufactured at HeiQ Medica in Spain, where HeiQ also carries out R&D activities for medical devices. During technology development HeiQ MetalliX, Xefco worked closely with its Big Data D research partner, the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University, as part of ARC’s famed Future Fibers Research Center, of which HeiQ is also a member.
“Practically, you could“ Heicuear “ any everyday product and provide it with additional functionalities. On this occasion, we bet once again, on antiviral protection with an improved and premium appearance. Spring is here and, as we come out of the confinements, we will want to be super protected and protect others. HeiQ MetalliQ It is designed precisely to provide that extra level of confidence. In addition, it has a sophisticated appearance that makes it, in many respects, the best alternative to conventional surgical masks. “Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group.
Images: HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask with an antiviral copper coated surface that deactivates 97.79% SARS-CoV-2 in five minutes. (image from HeiQ)