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Tripura mechanic develops electric masks to protect health workers from corona

A Tripura mechanic having his own electronic shop at Battala market located in Agartala city claimed to have designed a superior mask that could kill corona virus and protect the health professional from being exposed to the disease.

Dilip Kumar Pandit, who took at almost two weeks to develop his device expressed his condolences towards the families of health professionals who died in the line of Covid19 duty and hoped that his device would to a certain extent help the health professionals from the grip of corona.

“Thousands of doctors died while fighting the disease. The PPE kits that are designed as of now can only prevent the micro-particle from coming into contact with the doctors. But, my device not only can prevent it but can also destroy it for sure. My work is dedicated to the doctors and health professionals who are the front liners in this battle”, Pandit said demonstrating his device.

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Explaining the technical aspects, he said, this mask has a different design in comparison to easily accessed masks of markets. “After studying a lot I have found that the COvid19 being a cell made of RNA and protein it cannot survive in extreme heat such as 50 to 70 degree Celsius temperature. It also can not bear the electric current. My device has both characteristics. The surface of the mask can be heated up to 80 degree Celsius and few voltages of electricity can be also passed through this to ensure that the virus is destroyed”, he claimed.

Justifying his points he said, there are two layers of the mask—rear and front. The layers are designed using polyester cloth pieces weaved with thin copper wires so that electricity passage and heating process can be carried out. The indigenous technique of weaving “Pachra” has been used to make it, he told reporters today.

On being asked regarding the possibilities of marketing amid the corona pandemic, he said, though it is complete it requires a finishing look. “Right now, the device needed a finishing look. If it is manufactured in large scale, the price of the device is expected to remain in between Rs 700 to 800”, Dilip Pandit claimed.

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