According to the research team leader, the sterilization process takes about 30 minutes and users should not wear the mask while it is attached to the charger.
The new muzzle contains a USB port that can be connected to an electrical source such as a mobile phone charger, which can raise the temperature of an inner carbon fiber layer to 70 degrees Celsius, which is high enough to kill viruses.
In Eli stated that the one-time masks, which are in great demand globally during the crisis, are economically expensive and environmentally friendly.
The prototype of this muzzle resembles a muzzle valve (N95) with a valve and rubber bands to secure its position on the face.
The researchers applied for a patent for the muzzle in the United States in late March 2020 and say they are looking to commercialize its production with the private sector.
Researchers say it will likely cost more than a dollar than single-use gags.