According to The Asahi Shimbun, Honda Motor Co. has developed a “mask” for use in air conditioning systems in its cars that it says blocked more than 99 percent of airborne viruses in 15 minutes in an experiment.
The automaker produced the product anticipating growing demand for anti-virus items due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But whether it can also protect against the novel coronavirus is unknown as there is no established method currently available to check the mask's effectiveness against it.
“Kurumask” (Car mask) can be used in Honda's slightly remodeled N-Box minivehicles, which went on sale on Dec. 25. The automaker plans to make the mask available for other types of cars as well.
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