Get Ready As Coronavirus-Killing Denim Is Ready To Be Launched

Harin - Jul 30, 2020


Get Ready As Coronavirus-Killing Denim Is Ready To Be Launched

A Swiss company announced that it had come up with Viroblock NPJ03 textile treatment that had already been tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Although textiles are not the main sources of contamination for COVID-19, studies have suggested that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for various periods of time on clothes. That is why companies are planning on launching virus-killing denim.

Last month, HeiQ, a company from Switzerland announced that it had come up with a new textile treatment called Viroblock NPJ03 which had already been tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And the results were said to be 99.99% effective. Previously, Viroblock had been tested with coronavirus 229E which is another virus strain in the Coronavirus family. This latest test proved that the combination of a vesicle technology and silver salts could kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. HeiQ then announced that it would work with several denim brands to make SARS-CoV-2 resistant clothes.

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The combination of a vesicle technology and silver salts could kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to HeiQ, Viroblock NPJ03 takes only a few minutes to deactivate bacteria and viruses found on textile surfaces, making them harmless. With this technology, the rate of infection is reduced by 99.99%, stopping the spreading of viruses and bacteria through textiles.

A test conducted at the Doherty Institute showed that a fabric contacted with the SARS-CoV-2 virus treated with the new technology from HeiQ in 30 minutes. After that, the measurements suggested that the technology was 99.9% effective in getting rid of the virus. It is unclear how long the treatment takes to neutralize the virus, but it is obviously under 30 minutes.

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Denim brands Warp + Wft and DL1961 have already announced their collaborations with HeiQ.

The technology can be applied to all types of textiles, from bed linens, towels, to work clothes and protective masks. It can be used for frontliners, to protect them against the virus. Denim brands Warp + Wft and DL1961 have already announced their collaborations with HeiQ to make Viroblock-treated jeans that will be launched in October this year.

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