WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IS IT EFFECTIVE AGAINST VIRUSES?
Our patented technology utilizes ultrasonic energy to infuse textiles via a sustainable process, giving them wash-durable, antiviral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal & anti-odor properties. We are applying a Zinc-Oxide-based, green, and safe formulation on our masks. The ZnO infused in our masks creates a reaction that modifies bacteria and viruses’ structure, thus killing them, and ensuring that both the person wearing the mask and those around them are protected.
The resulting material provides proven protection against viruses, including SARS-COV2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19, and all types of bacteria (including antibiotic-resistant bacteria). The masks can be washed numerous times while maintaining their high Anti Viral/ Anti Microbial performance, thus, preventing the environmental risk of biological hazard waste.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE TECHNOLOGY IS EFFECTIVE AGAINST COVID-19?
Sonovia received encouraging results from internationally accredited laboratory ATCCR Testing laboratory corroborating the SonoMask, which is protected by Sonovia’s proprietary formula, eliminated 99.4% of SARS-COV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) within just 30 minutes of exposure in accordance with ISO 18184.
Additional tests conducted in the European Union Authorised Hygcen laboratory in Austria also proved that Sonovia’s textiles prevent the textile’s viral contamination and thus protects the wearer, as it demonstrated more than 99% efficacy against the tested virus.
Our technology was initially developed to fight Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) – a global concern affecting millions of patients’ lives. Sonovia participated in the EU funded research program Horizon 2020 – as part of this program, we ran clinical trials to prove our ability to prevent or significantly reduce HAIs. The results were excellent, with Sonovia’s technology proven to fight all types of bacteria, including different kinds of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Our technology has demonstrated even more potent efficacy against different microorganisms in testing by different reputed independent labs for other applications and test protocols, successfully deactivating 99.9% of viruses even after 55 wash cycles.
HOW IS THIS MASK DIFFERENT FROM THE N95?
The N95 mask is a rating for dust filtration only and is not stipulated for antiviral protection. Our metal-oxide infused masks have a particle filtration above 98% of 5 microns and last over one year. Please be aware the main route of infection is through infected aerosol droplets. The SonoMask not only filters these particles but deactivates the viruses and bacteria on the mask.
WHAT IS THE MASKS FILTRATION EFFICACY?
While other masks in the market filter droplets and particles that may carry COVID-19. The SonoMask has a >98% effectiveness at filtering 5-micron particles, following WHO guidelines.
HOW IS OZONE CAPABLE OF SANITIZING, DEODORIZING & CLEANING?
By nature, ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent, meaning it can cause chemical changes through oxygen. When ozone encounters soils, pathogens and microbes that cause odors or illness, it reacts with them and changes their characteristics. AO adds oxygen to odorants to remove their smell and attacks bacterial cell walls, killing the pathogens completely. The killing process of oxidation with ozone does not contribute to antibiotic resistance.
DOES WEARING THE MASK PREVENT COVID-19?
Sonovia’s textiles used in the SonoMask have been tested by internationally accredited laboratories and proven to eliminate particles of SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Sonovia’s fabric has been proven to sustain its protection even after 55 washes when used as recommended.
According to WHO, wearing a face mask does not guarantee that you will not contract a virus. Good personal hand hygiene is required as viruses can also pass through cross-contamination of a person’s hands, and no mask is 100% effective. However, droplet-capturing masks prevent the primary method of virus transmission. However, we do not recommend under any circumstance for you to come in contact with those showing symptoms, and if you are showing symptoms, please refrain from contact with others.
HOW SHOULD I WASH MY MASK?
We recommend hand washing the mask with soap and cold water once a week to remove any oils and dirt from the mask. For best results, we recommend using an Eco-friendly detergent – neutral pH, nonionic (for example, ECOS); the detergent will also support stain removal. Softeners and bleaching agents should be avoided.