Diana Farah Dubai
Face masks and hand sanitizers have become part of people’s daily lives following the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
A Japanese technology known as the Air Doctor, a product under Japanese company Kobe International, is gaining popularity amidst the pandemic. The product is a portable badge that provides the wearer their own “personal air sanitizer.”
According to Dr. Ali Habib, Kobe International’s Middle East R&D Regional Manager, the Air Doctor utilizes and slowly releases a powerful antimicrobial agent called Chlorine Dioxide, which provides protection against airborne infections.
It is composed of “sodium chlorite, NaclO2 (the worldwide source of chlorine dioxide gas) and natural inorganic substance, or natural Zeolite,” Habib said.
“Once the Air Doctor is opened, an internal reaction starts immediately, and chlorine dioxide gas emits and disperses into the air,” he added.
The R&D manager told Arab News Japan that sales of the product increased since the spread of the virus because the company focuses on sanitization for airborne pathogens.
“Air Doctor is approved to eliminate floating microbes. Evaluations and studies showed that Air Doctor can reduce the risk of airborne infections by 93 to 95 percent,” Habib said.
However, Habib added that other types of “sanitization and sterilization for direct contamination should be used with the Air Doctor.”
The Air Doctor can be used by kids, pregnant women, elderly people, nurses and doctors.