Australian 'world-first' set to permanently change Covid battle

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

The developers of a new, Australian-developed product say it is set to revolutionise the response to Covid-19 across the globe.

ViroCLEAR is a world-first hospital grade surface disinfectant, according to its developers BioInnovate and is laboratory proven to rapidly improve the time taken to completely kill Covid-19 in comparison to other products on the market.

BioInnovate say it has the ability to kill the virus within 90 seconds of surface contact, faster than many other products on the market. Aeris Active says its disinfectant can kill Covid-19 in 60 seconds.

“ViroCLEAR is the first Covid-19 disinfectant in the world that can combine the three elements of speed, non-toxicity and adaptability to be used on both surfaces and the skin," BioInnovate Chair Ross Macdougald said.

The spray has even been fast-tracked by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, BioInnovate said.

The spray that is set to revolutionise the way surfaces are disinfected. Source: ViroCLEAR
The spray that is set to revolutionise the way surfaces are disinfected. Source: ViroCLEAR

Production of the spray has begun this month and is expected to be rolled out nationwide for aged care facilities, schools, universities and hospitality venues.

A hand sanitiser will also be released and is expected to be available to the public by the end of March.

Macdougald said most Australians are unaware of the time it takes for current products on the market to kill the virus.

“Think about when you go to the supermarket and someone passes you a trolley that has just been wiped down,” he said.

“In reality, Covid-19 can stay on that surface for 10 minutes or longer and so it is highly transmissible."

Cleaning home table sanitizing kitchen table surface with disinfectant spray bottle washing surfaces with towel and gloves. COVID-19 prevention sanitizing inside.
The spray will be rolled out to Australians this month. Source: Getty, file.

Coronavirus can survive on banknotes, glass for 28 days

According to Australian research in October, the virus that causes coronavirus can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus.

Findings from the study done by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, appear to show that in a very controlled environment the virus remained infectious for longer than other studies have found.

CSIRO researchers found that at 20 degrees Covid-19 remained infectious for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as plastic banknotes and glass found on mobile phone screens.

“It really reinforces the importance of washing hands and sanitising where possible and certainly wiping down surfaces that may be in contact with the virus,” lead researcher Shane Riddell said.

Last year, a NSW couple created their own disinfectant product approved by the TGA after spotting a gap in the market.

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