By now, COVID-19 needs no introduction with over twenty thousand casualties and the whole world in lockdown and uncertainty. After the initial spread from the Chinese city of Wuhan, many states down-played the threat including Pakistan and the US and carried out their businesses as usual. After the delayed shutdown of the cities and ports, it was already too late to contain it. Now, public isolation is the order of the day.
Healthcare professionals are at the front-lines of the war against the pandemic and working in a vast array of fields. They take several safety precautions to make sure that they don’t fall prey to the virus. Medical-grade face masks (N95), hazmat suits and generous use of disinfectants are part of standard practice.
A hospital in New Jersey is experimenting with something more radical to make sure that its staff and patients stay far away from the virus
Named as the NanoVapor BioTech Microbial Suppression System (MSS), it’s a large-scale application system that uses a dedicated sprayer to apply antimicrobial nanoparticles to surfaces and objects. It doesn’t just sterilize, but make a unique biodegradable coating that continues to protect surfaces by killing microbes for weeks or even months.
The company’s tests have measured a 99.8% decrease in microbial count 70 days after application and it remains functional for up to 90 days.
“The MSS system can distribute its microbial agent quickly and on a significantly large scale in places like hospitals, shopping malls, municipal and office buildings, schools, houses of worship, airports and other public transportation hubs and vehicles,” said Chief of Surgery for Hudson Regional Hospital Dr. Maurizio Miglietta in a statement.
Miglietta’s colleague and Hudson Regional Hospital CEO Dr. Nizar Kifaieh added, “Without a current cure for COVID-19, the best strategy to flatten the curve is implementing preventative measures to keep our patients, clinicians, and practitioners safe. The NanoVapor BioTech system is a game-changer in preventing the spread of illness.”
The NanoVapor website reads:
Our MSS (Microbial Suppression System) creates a submicroscopic molecular coating that eliminates the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and molds on both hard and soft surfaces. This durable barrier continues to provide antimicrobial protection for months, even in high-touch areas. Unlike other methods, our patented MSS delivery units can quickly deliver protection for large-scale commercial and industrial applications, including airports and train stations.
The MSS antimicrobial agent utilizes a non-toxic, water-based, biodegradable formula that is completely safe for humans and the environment. Its application will not harm electronics, keyboards, or touchscreens.
The product seems too good to be true but it’s FDA-approved. It’s never been tested in such a high-risk environment and it’d take months to see real results of NanoVapor