Researchers develop antimicrobial coating for flu, say can kill COVID-19 also


By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Published: April 6, 2020 9:23:58 pm





The coating, says an announcement by the DST, though developed for influenza, the basis reason for extreme respiratory infections, reveals that the coating can also be efficient in destroying Covid-19. (Representational/Express picture/Prem Nath Pandey)
An antimicrobial coating, developed by Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, an autonomous institute below Department of Science and Technology (DST), can deactivate massive a great deal of the influenza virus, thus containing it’s unfold.

The coating, says an announcement by the DST, though developed for influenza, the basis reason for extreme respiratory infections, reveals that the coating can also be efficient in destroying Covid-19.

The expertise is already set to be examined towards the coronavirus. If discovered to be energetic, various Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), resembling masks, robes, gloves, face shields utilized by docs and nurses, can be coated with it, imparting enhanced safety and security to them.

“It is very heartening that the best of our research institutions globally acknowledged for deep strengths in basic sciences are also increasingly translating their knowledge into challenging and useful applications. This product from JNCASR is a compelling example of that. I don’t have any doubt that we will see many more successful examples with the adequate help by industry in manufacturing”, mentioned Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

The expertise has been developed by Prof Jayanta Haldar’s crew at JNCASR and the compound that the scientists have synthesized for the coating is soluble in a spread of solvents resembling water, ethanol, methanol and chloroform. Aqueous or natural options of this compound can be used to coat completely different day by day life and medically necessary supplies, resembling textiles, plastic, PVC, polyurethane, polystyrene, in a single step. The coating shows glorious antiviral exercise towards influenza virus utterly killing them inside 30 minutes of contact. It disrupts the membranes of pathogens (i.e. micro organism) resulting in their loss of life.

During the analysis, the coated surfaces also utterly killed completely different drug-resistant micro organism and fungi resembling methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and fluconazole-resistant C. albicans, respectively, most of them in 30 to 45 minutes, displaying speedy microbicidal exercise. The cotton sheets coated with the compound “confirmed full killing of greater than 1,000,000 bacterial cells‘‘.

Meanwhile, the Science and Engineering Board (SERB) has invited concepts for short-term proposals for growing antiviral
nano-coating and new nano-based materials for use in PPE, which can be transferred to a partnering trade or start-up for scale up. The invitation calls for improvement of antiviral nano-coatings for producing anti-COVID-19 Triple Layer Medical masks and N-95 respirators or higher masks in massive portions and PPEs.

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