CAN ANTIMICROBIAL FABRIC STOP THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES?
Antimicrobial fabric is fabric treated with or infused with one or several of a variety of substances to keep microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses from flourishing within its fibers.
A single bacteria cell, in the right situation, can multiply to over a million in the span of just 8 hours without intervention. Unchecked microbes can lead to infections in those with prolonged close contact with contaminated fabric and the spread of pathogenic disease, as well as deterioration of the strength of the fibers, so prevention of their growth is highly important.
Even the fastest acting antimicrobial fabrics can take up to ten minutes to kill many microbes, and those are just one end of a spectrum of results that are all labeled ‘antimicrobial’. Some fabrics merely slow or stop the growth of germs without killing them, while others may kill a percentage of germs over time.