TEMPE, Ariz. - New technology is being used to stop the spread of COVID-19 and it's being produced right here in Arizona.
The unique face masks that are made in the USA eliminate germs and viruses on contact.
"This mask is made from a special fabric that started off as a cotton twill that over a period of 13 hours goes through a process and converts to a polypyrrole," explained Tammy Nash of Pintler Medical, LLC. "Polypyrrole fabric, by nature, is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, which basically means it kills germs. So on contact, germs are being killed with contact with the mask."
Nash says if you happen to be a carrier and don't know it, as you exhale into the mask, it will kill the germs or viruses you're exhaling.
These masks are not only unique to Arizona, but to the country. The masks are the first of their kind and are being sold in Tempe. The masks are washable and reusable with no changes to its biocidal properties during washing.
You can go to Summit Male Medical to purchase a mask, but Nash recommends calling ahead to confirm inventory.
"We can meet you out front, grab your credit card, run it and the product back out to your car for you."
Summit Male Medical is the exclusive dealer for the masks. The business sold out of the items on April 10, but they have more arriving each week. They are open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Polypyrrole Surgical Masks
Summit Male Medical
8154 S. Priest Dr. #104
Tempe, AZ 85284
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Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.
To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.