04/06/2020

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Magna thinks its new mask sanitizer can ‘really save lives’ amid pandemic

TORONTO — Magna Intercontinental Inc. claims it is completely ready to make a item that...

TORONTO — Magna Intercontinental Inc. claims it is completely ready to make a item that could be made use of in hospitals to disinfect masks and other particular protecting devices that are in quick source amid the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

But first, the Canadian-centered worldwide automotive supplier claims it desires to come across a specialized “Level 3” lab that’s inclined to exam the gadget to guarantee it functions in opposition to the specific novel coronavirus that results in the possibly deadly respiratory disorder.

“We imagine we can truly help you save lives. We’ve just acquired to get this testing finished,” Scott Mitchell, Magna’s worldwide director, new technologies and innovation, informed Automotive News Canada

The challenge is locating a laboratory inclined and capable to take on the undertaking, mentioned John O’Hara, president, Magna Mechatronics, mirrors and lights. 

“They’re all definitely swamped testing other points to do with COVID-19,” Mitchell mentioned.

“The hospitals are not going to take any possibilities,” O’Hara additional.

In accordance to Industry Canada “containment Level three labs have additional security and safety measures mainly because they have much more infectious pathogens like anthrax, tuberculosis and West Nile virus.” 

Magna’s gadget, known as the Puro, has been in improvement for about 5 years. It is approximately the measurement of a picnic cooler and relies on ozone gasoline to disinfect and deodorize everything that’s not conveniently laundered. 

Originally built as a industrial and shopper item, it could be made use of to clean up every little thing from kids’ toys to restaurant menus and hotel room Television remote controls, the corporation mentioned.

Ozone gasoline is a verified technologies previously made use of by specialist athletics groups to disinfect their devices, the corporation mentioned. It is also been revealed to be helpful in opposition to MRSA, a style of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms, and in opposition to H1N1, a new virus that emerged in 2009, dubbed the swine flu.

Now, Magna is hoping it can enable battle the struggle in opposition to the COVID-19. 

The common medical center goes by means of five,000 protecting facial area masks a working day, mentioned Mitchell, including a solitary Puro could disinfect up to 50 masks just about every 30 minutes. 

The Puro is one of 5 jobs at this time in improvement that leverage Magna’s skills outside its main automotive parts company, O’Hara mentioned. 

Canadian vehicle suppliers can now tap into a C$50 million ($35 million USD) governing administration fund if they pick out to retool to deliver clinical devices desperately essential to battle the distribute of the novel coronavirus.