Global materials manufacturer HeiQ has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a surgical mask technology that destroys the viruses and bacteria tested with as much as 100 percent efficacy. The mask contains an ultrathin, pure copper coating applied via a vapor deposition process, which converts a minute amount of copper into vapor, allowing it to be deposited evenly to surround each fiber. The patent-pending technology was created by Australian materials technology company Xefco. Studies conducted by the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have verified its efficacy, according to HeiQ. The tests indicate that the technology significantly deactivated the virus that causes COVID-19 in as little as five minutes. Photo: © HeiQ.