Composition for coating rubber or latex articles
August 15, 1989
This invention relates to improvements in face masks, particularly for use in preventing the spread of disease such as colds, influenza and the like wherein a select portion or portions of such mask contain a disease or viral destroying chemical or biological agent, such as an acid or other material impregnating or forming part of a portion of the mask, such as that portion which extends across the nasal and mouth portions of the face of a wearer. In one form, the chemical or biological agent is in the form of a solid, such as a coating or a multitude of particles or crystals disposed against a porous portion of the mask or an insert which is attachable to and replaceable with respect to a mask frame or holding unit. In another form, such chemical is in the form of a liquid. In a third form, such chemical is disposed within a multitude of micro capsules which are ruptured or otherwise activated when the mask is used and which dispense their contents during such use and distribute the same throughout a select portion of the mask. In a particular form, the mask is formed of a unitary sheet of porous paper, cellular plastic or non-woven fiber with a portion of the outer layer thereof impregnated with a viral killing chemical, such as citric acid, to prevent passage of viral agents either from a person using the mask or from the atmosphere.