The new tool disinfects surfaces from coronavirus up to 90 days

Hong Kong researchers introduce a new type of disinfectant - it will help lower levels

spread of coronavirus and fightfuture 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.

Chinese officials are now recommendinguse 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.

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The new spray consists of a million polymernanocapsules 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 capsule, releasing the disinfectant to the surface. It is effective not only against coronavirus.

The durability of MAP-1 will vary independing on how often you touch 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.