Virus-proof fabric for medical wear
MedGadget has a recent article about a new type of protective clothing for doctors and other medical staff that acts as a virus filter, while still remaining breathable. The fabric is a 3-layer polymer, and protects against bacteria and viruses as small as 0.027 microns, including the H5N1 Avian Flu virus, which is about 3 times larger than the 0.027 micron limit.
Ahlstrom, the Finnish company that developed the material, says sales of their virus-blocking gowns, masks and other protective clothing are increasing as the medical community prepares for a possible Avian Flu pandemic. The developers of this material state that vaccines and conventional treatments are still necessary, this fabric could help keep medical professionals from catching any disease from their patients.
This would help cut down on the amounts of antibiotics and antivirals released into the wastwater stream, a situation that is already producing antibiotic-resistant bacteria from the unnecessary use of antibiotic handsoap in household bathrooms.