Both the outer and inner layers of the Stay Safer Reusable Protective Face Covering, and its ear straps, use fabric that has been treated with a powerful industry award-winning chemical antimicrobial that was originally created by Dow Chemical. It is a quaternary ammonium compound (QAC), meaningit creates a chemical reaction on the surface upon which it is applied. It is also cationic, meaning it is positively charged and highly effective at inactivating enveloped microbes by stabbing their protein-based envelope and electrocuting them (unlike antimicrobials made with heavy metals that poison them).
The product’ we use has an active ingredient called Dimethyloctadecyl (3-trimethoxysilylpropyl) Ammonium Chloride (DTSACl). QACs, especially those that use DTSACl as their active ingredient, have been found to be highly effective against enveloped pathogenic microbes, whether they are germs, fungi, bacteria or viruses. For a detailed discussion about Antimicrobial Testing Standards and Test Results, click here.