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June 8, 2020 15:07

That would make a useful fastening for the ear cords on face masks. NHS staff have complained that the elastic cord makes their ears sore after long use and we have been making similar connector clips for the nurses to join the cords at the back of their hair.

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June 3, 2020 09:31

It would make sense for this have antibacterial properties in the plastic, does it have this?

June 7, 2020 12:03

@davecole my concern would be that having an antibacterial coating could give people a false sense of protection and potentially reduce levels of hygiene. I think if using this it should be washed after use, but I would be less likely to touch my face with this than my hands. Since this all started, I've noticed just how much I subconsciously - or unconsciously? - touch my face!

June 5, 2020 07:47

@davecole It wouldn't hurt for it to have antibacterial properties, for added protection against other illnesses spread by bacteria. But Covid-19 is spread by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A virus is DNA or RNA within a protein coat. It is not capable of reproducing outside of a host cell, unlike bacteria, which are complete living organisms. Some antibacterial materials work by preventing bacterial growth/reproduction. They could be great at that and still have no effect on a virus, which uses its host's cells to replicate it. It is possible for an antibacterial material to happen to also have properties that would hasten break-down of the protein coat the holds the virus together, but that would be independent of its antibacterial properties.

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