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IIT-Delhi builds device to disinfect N-95 masks

IIT-Delhi has developed Chakr DeCov, an ozone-based decontamination device to reduce bio-medical waste.

New Delhi: IIT-Delhi has developed Chakr DeCov, an ozone-based decontamination device to reduce bio-medical waste and enable safe re-use of N-95 face masks. This device will help re-use a mask up to ten times.

An IIT start-up — Chakra Innovation —  has developed this device, which is expected to kill 99 per cent of the bacteria and virus in the mask. The innovation  has been approved by the Indian Medical Council of Research-National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV).

The team of innovators say the device can decontaminate an N-95 mask in 90 minutes, following which it can be re-used for upto ten times.

It was launched on Friday via a video-conference by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

Ozone is considered a strong oxidizing agent that destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat, resulting in damage to the viral RNA (ribonucleic acid) hence destroying the virus. “Proper dosage and exposure of Ozone can result in inactivation of SARS CoV-2 and a 99.9999% reduction in bacterial load, after which an N-95 mask can be re-used for up to 10 times without any impact,” according to the innovation team.

“Chakr DeCoV  ensures effective decontamination with high reliability and safety, as needed in a hospital environment,” says Kushagra Srivastava, CEO, Chakr Innovation.

IIT Delhi officials say the institution is committed to addressing the Covid-19 problem through its technological prowess.

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