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New disinfectant protects surfaces from coronavirus for 90 days

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 28, 2020
Researchers at a top university in Hong Kong say they have developed a new anti-microbial coating that can be sprayed on surfaces to kill most bacteria and viruses including the coronavirus for up to 90 days.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Disinfectant   Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Known as MAP-1, the anti-microbial coating has been designed for use across a range of surfaces including glass, metals, plastic, leather and fabrics, according to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

The surface coating lasts "significantly longer" than conventional disinfectants that use alcohol or bleach, which lose their function as the liquids evaporates, according to HKUST.

The anti-viral coating is expected to hit stores in Hong Kong in May.

Shopping malls, schools, churches and sport training facilities in Hong Kong have used the coating, according to researchers, who also say its ingredients are non toxic.