A new weapon? Surface spray protects from corona for 3 months
In a move expected to reduce the spread of the Corona virus around the world, a recent study has found a substance that protects surfaces from corona and germs for up to three months. This article is expected to become a new weapon to fight the epidemic.
It protects a layer of antibacterial sprinkles on all surfaces, from the emerging corona virus for up to 90 days, as a preliminary study showed what might constitute a new weapon in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.
The study, prepared by researchers at the University of “Arizona” and not yet reviewed by other scientists, found that the amount of virus present on the surfaces that were sprayed with this antibacterial system decreased by 90% within ten minutes and by 99.9% after two hours.
This technology is “the next major development in containing the epidemic,” Charles Gerba, a university microbiologist and lead author of the study, told AFP.
He added: “I think it is especially important for heavily used surfaces such as subway and bus trains, which are regularly sanitized but people, who alternate with them, re-pollute them.”
He continued, “This technology does not replace the place of regular cleaning and sterilization, but rather protects the stages between regular cleaning and sterilization.”
The study was also tested by the university team, which was specifically designed to fight viruses by the “Idea Bayo Science” company.
The researchers tested their human “Coronovirus” 229E, which is similar in composition and genetic characteristics to the emerging coronavirus, but has mild flu symptoms.
The material is sprayed to cover the different surfaces provided that the process is repeated every three to four months. The substance changes the proteins in the virus and attacks the layer that protects it.
The technology of self-sterilizing materials has been around for about ten years and was previously used in hospitals to combat the spread of infections, especially antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
An article published by researchers at the University of Arizona in 2019 indicated that this technology reduces 36% of bacterial infections in hospitals.
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