As the epidemic is still very active, wearing a mask is not likely to be abandoned any time soon. Airxôm, a company from Lyon, has developed a mask that not only protects against viruses and bacteria, but also against pollution.
Unveiled during CES, the mask developed by Airxôm has something to seduce. Its principle is to destroy particles of all sizes through photocatalysis, in other words the emission of UV rays on a catalyst. Viruses, bacteria and volatile organic compounds are not resistant to it!
The ultimate mask
The mask’s active filter actually neutralizes 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. Then comes a second filter, photocalytic, which destroys the residual particles without storing them. A combination that ensures self-decontamination of the mask while reducing its clogging. Tests carried out by the VirNext laboratory in Lyon have shown that the mask destroys 99.94% of SARS-CoV-2 particles (99.99% of H1N1).
The results are just as high for bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and the klebsiella pneumoniae, not to mention volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde (tests are continuing for other VOCs). The mask is waterproof and has two adjustable straps, one of which is magnetic, allowing it to adapt to all body types quickly.
To work, the mask needs to be plugged into an external battery. It is also a much heavier product than other more classic masks (130 grams). Airxôm is intended for health professionals, but also for users of public transport, athletes, and people with respiratory pathologies.
The mask will be available for pre-order from January 31, at a price of 300 euros (it is designed to last four years). Airxôm will deliver its first customers in April, first in the United States, Japan and Korea.