Source: Arabic.Net – Agencies
A sudden and powerful development that may be brought in by an antibacterial substance, which is sprayed on surfaces and protects against coronavirus transmission.
As this material, which sprinkles on all surfaces, repels apparently the emerging virus for a period of up to 90 days, as a preliminary study showed what might constitute a new weapon in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.
In detail, this study, prepared by researchers at the University of Arizona and not yet reviewed by other scientists, saw 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.
Next big development
In this context, Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the university and lead author of the study, told AFP that this technology “is the next big development in containing the epidemic.”
“I think it is especially important for heavily used surfaces like subway and bus trains that are regularly sterilized, but the people that run them over are re-polluting them,” he added. 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 tested by the university team, which was designed specifically to fight viruses by the company, “Hand Bioscience”.
The researchers also tested their human “Coronavirus” 229E, which is similar in composition and genetic characteristics to the emerging Coronavirus, but it has mild flu symptoms.
Virus proteins changed
It is noteworthy that the material is sprayed to cover the different surfaces provided that the process is repeated every three to four months.
It changes the proteins in the virus and attacks the layer that protects it. It is noteworthy that the technology of self-sterilizing materials has been available for about ten years and was used previously in hospitals to control the spread of infections, especially bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
An article published by researchers at the University of Arizona in 2019 indicated that this technology reduces 36% of bacterial infections in hospitals.