Scientists have tested the properties of silk and named it the best material for making masks in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The work was carried out by American specialists representing the University of California at Riverside.
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Scientists compared materials in a laboratory. As a result, it was possible to establish that silk grown in compliance with all stages and technologies is distinguished by the ability to retain and neutralize bacteria and viruses during respiration. The material contains copper, which is an effective disinfectant. In addition, silk is breathable and does not get wet.
Cotton is inferior to the mentioned material, because it actively absorbs moisture. Against this background, it loses its protective functions within 30-40 minutes after the start of use. Silk continues to “breathe” in the process of application, and moisture that gets on the surface dries out almost immediately.