Inntex antiviral copper fabrics: mitigate COVID-19 contagion in public spaces

A project to bring back restaurants and bars to their full capacity.

Academic literature shows that epidemic can easily spread in restaurants and bars, where people take off their masks to eat and contaminated aerosol can be airborne to surrounding tables https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-0764_article.

This study shows how one single person infected 9 people, all dining out in the same restaurant room. Air conditioning streams have a critical role. Copper is known for its strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. A study published in April on New England Journal of Medicine https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973 confirms the same behavior with SARS-CoV-2.

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Today restaurants and bars have to limit their occupancy in order to lower the possibilities of contagion between customers. As a consequence their revenues suffer, and many businesses are in serious danger. Our idea is to mitigate the spreading by intercepting fluctuating and potentially contaminated aerosol in closed spaces by means of curtains hanging from the ceiling placed in the path of air conditioning. These curtains will capture the fluctuating aerosol and their high content of copper (70% min content) will neutralize SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogenic microorganisms in a short time. A low-cost solution that can bring restaurant and bars back to their full seating capacity.

INNTEX is an Italian based company specialized in the production of metal fabrics for interior design and industry www.inntex.com. The company is currently looking for scientific and financial support to define a physical model that can determine how droplets can be carried around in a restaurant room and how they can be absorbed by curtains hanging from the ceiling.

This project is currently published on the Medstartr platform
https://www.medstartr.com/project/detail/201401 .

More info please contact:

Riccardo Marchesi
Export Manager
Texe Srl
via Rocca Tedalda, 25
50136 Firenze (Italy)
Tel. +39 055 6503766
[email protected]

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