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UW partners with Toronto lab to create a surface coating to kill COVID-19 upon contact

Researchers say the anti-viral coating could be used on personal protective equipment and high-touch surfaces
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Researchers at the University of Waterloo are looking to develop a new way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology at UW is working on the research with SiO2 Innovation Labs, out of Toronto.

The goal is to create a surface coating that will kill COVID-19 immediately upon contact.

Researchers say the anti-viral coating could be used on personal protective equipment and high-touch surfaces - like in workplaces, schools, stores, and public transit.

Sushanta Mitra, professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and lead researcher on the project, says COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for 24 hours or more.

"In order to protect frontline workers and the general public, it's important that the virus be neutralized immediately when it comes into contact with any surface; our work will culminate in the production of an anti-viral coating that will do just that," Mitra said in a release.

According to the team, development of this protective surface coating could greatly reduce the risk of community transmission.




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