Though the Coronavirus crisis has taken a toll on the auto industry which is expected to record lowest sales in the last 11 years, it has also given a push to the demand of some auto accessories. One of the accessorises that's been in demand after the pandemic is the car cabin air filters, especially those that help prevent the risk of viruses entering the inside the cabin. UFI Filters has now launched a brand new in-car air filter- the SOFIMA D+FEND Anti-Virus.
The new cabin air-filter is fitted with a non-woven fabric filter which is made with a combination of silver and copper ions. UFI Filters claims that this filter reduces the risk of virus spread by 99.5 per cent inside the cabin while shows 99.9 per cent result on bacteria, filtering particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns. While copper ions destroy the cell barrier of viruses and bacteria, silver ions penetrate the nucleus, neutralizing them outright.
The tests were carried out by Microbac Laboratories in Virginia and Guangdong Detection Centre for microbiology (GDDCM) in Guangzhou - accredited by the China National Accreditation of Laboratory (CNAL). The labs have demonstrated that the product is absolutely non-toxic with no OIT (octylisothiazolinone), which is harmful to human health, and has a virus and bacteria kill rate higher than 99.5 per cent. Specifically, the laboratory tests have certified the capacity of the filter to neutralize the coronaviruses from the SARS-COV family, with a kill rate of 99.5 per cent. The air-filter also helps filter A H1N1, H3N2 and H7N9 viruses among others. The filter also incorporates the antimicrobial and antiviral active substances into the fibres themselves, which are made up of polymeric material.