Starting today, millions of Australians in elderly care facilities, universities, schools, pubs and restaurants have access to the world’s first surface spray that kills COVID-19 in 90 seconds

The disinfectant ViroCLEAR developed in Australia was developed by BioInnovate and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last month

While other surface disinfectants take up to ten minutes to kill the coronavirus – some can’t – BioInnovate chair Ross Macdougald said the breakthrough came after in-depth research in northern NSW

“Remember, if you go to the grocery store and someone hands you a car that has just been wiped down,” he said

“In reality, COVID-19 can stay on this surface for 10 minutes or more and is therefore highly transmissible

“The same applies to handles and seats in public transport, university and school desks, communal food rooms and on all surfaces in nursing homes where 683 elderly residents in need of protection have died” ”

During the pandemic, publicly accessible businesses like supermarkets put in place additional cleaning measures, including using hospital-grade disinfectants, cleaning counters and other surfaces regularly, hand washing guidelines, and protective gloves

However, studies have shown that COVID-19 can survive for days on surfaces that breath droplets land on, increasing the risk of transmission if an unsuspecting person touches it and then rubs their face or hands

The duration of the coronavirus on a surface depends on factors such as the temperature and the type of surface It can live up to 72 hours on plastic, up to 48 hours on steel, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 24 hours on copper for four hours

Mr Macdougald said most Aussies “just don’t understand that it hasn’t been possible to kill COVID-19 on surfaces in less than 10 minutes”

“ViroCLEAR is the world’s first COVID-19 disinfectant that can combine the three elements of speed, non-toxicity and adaptability on both surfaces and on the skin,” he explained

“It’s safe, quick, non-irritating, and non-drying This is especially important for those who disinfect their hands several times a day, e.g. B. for employees in restaurants and retirement homes “”

ViroCLEAR will initially be made available both as a hand disinfectant and as a surface disinfectant for 5.5 million Aussies in schools, universities, geriatric care facilities and restaurants

“We expect to be able to export ViroCLEAR to the US, Asia and Europe by mid-year to complement the widespread global vaccination adoption,” said Macdougald

Mr Macdougald said the disinfectant comes at the perfect time as few new cases are reported at the national level and our state and territorial borders are open

However, he warned that the “threshold of autumn and the cooler months” increases the risk of new infections and potential new strains of the virus

“Neither of us want border closings or full shutdowns again, and eliminating COVID-19 on surfaces in 90 seconds will help compliment the vaccination rollout that has just begun,” he said

The TGA lists 176 disinfectants that have been registered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) for use against COVID-19. Any claim that a product has an effect against a virus must be expressly approved by the TGA before it can be used in advertising is used

The disinfectant’s development and release coincide with the launch of the Australian coronavirus vaccine, which began last week with the Pfizer surge and will begin on Aug. March will contain the AstraZeneca vaccine

The World Health Organization says disinfection practices are important to reduce the potential for COVID-19 virus contamination in non-healthcare facilities such as homes, offices, schools, gyms, community centers, transportation and restaurants

“High-touch surfaces in these non-healthcare facilities should be identified for priority disinfection; B. Door and window handles, kitchen and food prep areas, countertops, bathroom surfaces, toilets and faucets, personal touchscreen devices, PC keyboards and work surfaces, “the instructions read

While some have dedicated themselves to the disinfection of food, according to the WHO there is so far “no evidence that viruses that cause respiratory diseases are transmitted via food or food packaging” ”

However, it is recommended that you always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 40 to 60 seconds before preparing or eating food


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