Reusable Protective Face Masks With Antimicrobial Copper Mesh-Based Filters


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Soldiers stationed on U.S. Army Garrison Casey conduct pre-screening processes on individuals awaiting entry to the base, USAG-Casey, Dongducheon, Republic of Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. Additional screening measures of a verbal questionnaire and temperature check are in response to the heighted awareness of Coronavirus (COVID-19) following a surge in cases throughout the Republic of Korea and are meant to help control the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the force. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

Posted: April 02, 2020 | Completed: April 1, 2020
What is the status of face masks utilizing copper mesh filtration systems?

DSIAC was asked about the development of tactical and surgical/medical reusable face masks that use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved copper mesh antimicrobial filters. DSIAC coordinated with the developer to obtain references on the effectiveness of the copper mesh, determine an estimate of production capability, and produce a white paper. DSIAC researched recent developments involving the use of copper and copper/silver, nanoparticle, embedded fabrics for antimicrobial purposes, as well as previous uses of and issues with silver, nanoparticle, and embedded fabrics. All materials were provided to an Information Analysis Center representative, the COVID-19 White House Task Force, and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Manufacturing Technology office.

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