The new tool disinfects surfaces from coronavirus up to 90 days

The new tool disinfects surfaces from coronavirus up to 90 days. It can effectively interrupt the spread of the disease.

Researchers from Hong Kong have introduced a new type of disinfectant – it will help reduce the spread of coronavirus and fight future diseases. Scientists at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have developed a tool that can protect surfaces from the virus for up to 90 days.

Now, Chinese officials are recommending the use of standard antiseptics. They kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus and most other microorganisms. But this protection is short-lived – their properties decrease as the substance evaporates. The new MAP-1 disinfectant solves this problem by retaining sterilizing properties for much longer.

The new spray consists of a million polymer nanocapsules that adhere to surfaces and remain there after the carrier fluid has dried. These non-toxic capsules contain a disinfectant that remains in a “suspended state” until it is touched. Hand warmth or moisture activates the capsules, releasing the disinfectant to the surface. It is effective not only against coronavirus.

The durability of MAP-1 will vary depending on how often it is touched to the surface – it can be effective up to 90 days. The spray works best on hard surfaces – door handles, countertops and handrails. After testing by HKUST, Germagic agreed to distribute MAP-1.

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