Making clothes antiviral or antibacterial has been an age-old practice we have been seeing in our homes. As soon as winter arrives, our mothers and grandmothers take out all the thick blankets and winter clothes to hang them under the sun so that any bugs or bacterias gathered over the year leave or die. Another method which most households have seen is the use of naphthalene balls in the almirah so that it protects the clothes from bugs and smell. But, in current situations, these old methods, though effective, may not be enough to protect one from the mutating viruses and bacterias.
In the past two years, people have become more inclined and demanding towards having a healthy lifestyle which may help them in promoting their immunity. A healthy lifestyle not only means having clean and hygienic food at home or at a restaurant, but also with what they are wearing. This has led to the creation of clothes using the help of technology which are antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral.
To know more about antiviral or antibacterial clothes, we talked to Sasha Bose, Founder and CEO at FaibrX.
Why do we need protective clothes?
Everyday we are hearing on the news about how some virus or bacteria in some part of the world has mutated and has the capability of becoming a pandemic. This alone is enough to put fear or become a reason for worrying for many of us. It is not enough for us to just protect ourselves with the old methods. Adapting to new methods of fabric protection is the necessity of the future.
While antibacterial clothes are not new - manufacturers of top clothing companies have been making clothes that protect the wearer from bacterias as they can multiply without a living host. But, now after the pandemic has taken over the world, people are seeking clothes which can protect them from viruses as well. Antiviral clothes are being used in making masks as well as dresses.
How do antimicrobial or antiviral clothes work to protect?
How do viruses infect people? Viruses lay dormant on non-living surfaces. Suppose, you are travelling on a bus and hold a handle for support and it is carrying some contaminant. There is a high chance that unknowingly, you might put your hands on their cheeks, nose, ears, or any place which might be an entry point for the virus. This will allow the virus to enter the system and multiply and infect.
Antimicrobial and antiviral clothes help in protecting you in such situations. After you hold a bar or a handle, before putting the hands on your face, you wipe it on your clothes. As your clothes are already antiviral and antimicrobial, they will kill or clean out the viruses and bacterias from your hands and make it safe for you to run your fingers on your hair or face.
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Will fabric protection be enough?
Fabric manufacturers from all over the world are jumping into this method of creating protective clothes that protect the people and environment. Eventually, all the clothing shops will have clothes with antiviral and antimicrobial fabric that will help and protect the wearer from getting infected with diseases. This will also help in keeping the environment safe and healthy so less people will fall sick. However, this does not negate the fact that just because people are wearing protective clothes, they don’t need to maintain cleanliness or wear masks. It is still very soon to throw masks out of our lives. Although future clothes will protect us from bacterias and viruses, it is wise to continue wearing masks and keep sanitizing hands regularly.
These clothes are a way to a lot of changes, which will help in keeping diseases away, especially during the time of COVID-19.
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