By:Nadeemy Haded

Searches are continuing for a vaccine or antiretroviral treatment for the new Coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and infected more than 4.6 million people worldwide.

As the search for a vaccine for the virus that adversely affected global economies continues, other research continues to find a way to disrupt or combat it, outside the human body, so that it joins efforts to stop the Covid-19 epidemic.

And recently, a preliminary study reached a substance that can protect surfaces from the new Corona virus and germs, for a period of up to 90 days, by spraying them on surfaces, such as trains and buses, and forming an anti-virus layer.

According to the study, prepared by researchers at the University of Arizona and not yet reviewed by other scientists, the amount of viruses present on the surfaces, which were sprayed with this antibacterial, decreased by 90 percent in 10 minutes and by up to 99.9 percent after two hours.

This technology "is the next big development in containing the epidemic ... I think it is especially important for heavily used surfaces like subway trains and buses that are regularly sanitized but people who successively re-pollute it," said Charles Gerba, the university's microbiologist and lead author, told AFP. ".

Gerba added that "this technology does not replace ordinary cleaning and sterilization, but rather protects the stages between regular cleaning and sterilization."

The university team tested the material specifically designed for anti-virus by Allied Bioscience, which also funded the study.

According to France Press, the researchers conducted their experiment on the Human Coronavirus, "229E", which is similar in composition and genetic characteristics to Coronavirus, but it has slight flu symptoms.

And spray the innovative material, which causes a change in the proteins of the virus and attacks the layer that protects it, so that it covers the various surfaces provided that the process is repeated every 3 to 4 months.

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