There is also good news in times of the Corona Crisis – and hope! The company Better Place from Miami (USA) has developed the product “PaintCloth” together with a German research team led by Prof. Dr. Gregor Luthe (49). The pore-tight, crystal-clear lacquer can protect up to 99 percent from smear infections caused by enveloped viruses such as influenza, SARS and corona on surfaces such as metal, glass, wood and plastic. A real quantum leap!
The chemist and toxicologist Prof. Dr. Gregor Luthe explains: “Corona viruses can survive on surfaces for up to nine days. On average, a person grabs his face up to 23 times an hour, eight times an hour, eight times by the nose, mouth and eyes. If we can now reduce the risk of infection to two hours, we have reduced the probability of transmission by doorknobs or counters by 99 percent. The viruses die within two hours due to active substances in the paint.”
This permanently bothers the chain of infection. itcoating can be used wherever people often touch surfaces with their hands. The handles of shopping trolleys in the super market or hardware store, bedside tables and bed frames in hospitals, doorknobs and window handles in doctor’s offices, nursing homes, kindergartens, schools and universities, pedestrian traffic lights, holding poles in buses and trains, fitness equipment and dumbbells in “muckibuden”, railings on cruise ships, stair railings in pubs. And even in the private sector, anyone can protect themselves with itcoating.
Scientific support for Prof. Gregor Luthe & Co. from Prof. Dr. Günter Kampf from the Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine of the University Medicine Greifswald and from Prof. Dr. Eike Steinmann, Chair of Molecular and Medical Virology at the Ruhr-Universität
A recent paper by them states that since there is no specific treatment for coronaviruses, the prevention of contagion is particularly important in order to stem the wave of disease. Like all droplet infections, the virus spreads through hands and surfaces that are often touched. Furthermore, the 22 studies evaluated, which include the pathogens Sars-Coronavirus and Mers-Coronavirus, showed that the viruses can stay on surfaces for up to nine days at room temperature and remain infectious. On average, they survive between four and five days. Cold and high humidity increase their service life.
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