IIT Delhi start-up develops mask ‘Kawach'

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IIT Delhi start-up develops mask ‘Kawach'

Monday, 06 July 2020 | Staff Reporter | gurugram

ETEX, a start-up from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) and National Educational Enrichment in Villages (NEEV) has jointly collaborated for the distribution of face mask ‘Kawach’ for the underprivileged section of the society to protect them against Covid-19 in Gurugram.

During the event around 900 Kawach masks were distributed among the employees of the irrigation department and their families, police personnel, journalists and social workers.

Highlighting the speciality of these masks Dr Shiv Singh Rawat, IIT Delhi alumni and Superintending Engineer Irrigation Department Haryana Government said that the mask conforms to the standards prescribed by WHO and GOI Labs SITRA and are also compliant with ASTM Standards as per the experts from Dept of Textile Engineering and Fiber Engineering IIT Delhi.

"There are multilayered masks with N95 knit adjustable with ear loop filtration efficiency made with ultra soft fibrous material and are washable too," he said.

“Kawach mask is a multi-layer textile innovation for optimum protection at an affordable rate Rs 45 only and it is washable and reusable for at least 10 times. This could be a game changing solution for COVID-19 crisis for protecting a massive population of our country in the most economical and effective way,” Rawat added.

Rawat also shared his future strategy and said it is a proud movement for the Irrigation department along with IIT Delhi which is helping people during this epidemic with these self made masks which will help people to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have just started such activities and getting inputs from different sections of the society and such distribution events will be conducted in near further as well,” he added.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to COVID-19 in Gurugram has reached 100 with one more death, health officials said on Sunday.

Gurugram, which has the highest number of coronavirus deaths among other districts in Haryana, also reported 120 fresh cases. The district has 5,949 patients and 4,828 of them have recuperated from their illness.

Gurugram now has 1,021 active cases and 814 of them are in home isolation, officials added.

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