According to the study published in the journal, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, the results of the tests have come up with a finding that When a recently developed coating is painted on glass or stainless steel, the amount of virus is reduced by 99.9 per cent in one hour, compared to other uncoated sample.
Inactive corona virus:
The researchers have developed a surface coating which has the ability to inactive Corona virus on common objects like door knobs or switches in one hour. If the coating is painted on stainless steel or glass, it can reduce the virus amount to 99.9% .
“The idea is when the droplets land on a solid object, the virus within the droplets will be inactivated,” said study researcher William Ducker from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US. “One hour is the shortest period that we have tested so far, and tests at shorter periods are ongoing,” Ducker said
Results of this new coating:
The study author recommends that “We have to use our chemical knowledge and experience of other viruses to guess what would kill it (SARS-CoV-2),”.
Ducker and Leo Poon,researchers at the University of Hong Kong started to test the film’s ability in inactivating the virus from Mid April.
To reach the findings ,the research team has painted three different kinds of coatings on glass and stainless steel. Later they shipped the samples to Poon for further analysis .
Results have shown that the coating is robust. It does not peel off after being slashed with a razor blade. It also showed its resistance to inactivate the virus after multiple steps of being exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and then disinfection or after being submerged in water for a week, based on the tests.
Multiple levels of the project:
If the project’s attain successful in multiple levels of project , it will mark a significant discovery in dealing with pandemic corona crisis. Now, the research team look forward for funding in order to mass-produce the coating film. “To be sure, the film doesn’t replace other safety measures that people should take to stop the spread of the corona virus, such as hand washing, physical distancing, and wearing a mask,” the study author wrote. “People won’t have to worry as much about touching objects, it will be both practical and reducing fear,” they added.