Good News! Researchers develop N95-like mask can capture, deactivate Covid spike protein

"This new material can filter out the virus like the N95 mask does, but also includes antiviral enzymes that completely deactivate it. This innovation is another layer of protection against SARS-CoV-2 that can help prevent the virus from spreading," said Professor Dibakar Bhattacharyya from the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.

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A team of researchers, including one of Indian origin, has developed a medical face mask membrane similar to N95, which can capture and deactivate the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein on contact.

SARS-CoV-2 is covered in spike proteins, which allow the virus to enter host cells once in the body. The team developed a membrane which includes proteolytic enzymes that attach to the protein spikes and deactivate them.