With increasing demand for face masks to contain transmission of deadly COVID-19 virus, IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)- Delhi startup company named Nanosafe solutions has developed and launched an antimicrobial and washable face mask “NSafe” that can be reused upto 50 launderings.Key Points:
i.Developers of NSafe: The team that developed the mask consists of Dr Anasuya Roy, an IIT Delhi alumnus, Founder and CEO of Nanosafe Solutions and Professor Mangala Joshi, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi.
ii.About NSafe: The mask is a highly engineered triple-layered product consisting of inner hydrophilic layer for comfort, middle layer having antimicrobial activity & outer most layer having water and oil repellent behaviour.
iii.NSafe mask has 99.2% bacterial filtration efficiency (at 3 microns) and complies with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards of breathability and splash resistance.
iv.Features of NSafe: The mask is extremely comfortable and breathable. Elastic band in the chin region and wire in the nose region provides adequate fit of the mask to the wearer.
v.The mask enhances protection to the wearer through 3 different mechanisms: mechanical filtration, antimicrobial decontamination and repulsion of aerosol droplets.
vi.Cost of NSafe: The startup company has already started manufacturing the masks and plans to launch the mask at MRP (maximum retail price) of Rs 299 (Pack of 2) & Rs 589 (Pack of 4).
Chief Minister (CM)– Arvind Kejiwal.
Governor– Anil Baijal.