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 surfaces that were sprayed with this antibacterial agent 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.
Do not replace sterilization
Researchers consider that this material is especially important for heavily used surfaces, such as tunnels and buses that are sterilized regularly, but people who successively re-pollute it, but they stressed that this technology does not replace ordinary cleaning and sterilization, but rather protects the stages between regular cleaning and sterilization.
The university team tested the material that was specifically designed to fight viruses by the “Id Bio Science” company, which is also funding the study.
The researchers tested their human “Coronavirus” 229E, which is similar in composition and genetic characteristics to the emerging coronavirus, but it 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.
Self-sterilizing technology has been around for 10 years and was previously used in hospitals to control the spread of infections, especially anti-antibiotic bacteria.
An article published by Pagthon at the University of Arizona in 2019 indicated that this technology reduces 36% of bacterial infections in hospitals.