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Scientists have discovered a new “killer” of viruses

In a study that began shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, graduate students from the University of Waterloo School of Engineering studied how six different thin metal and oxide coatings interact with HCov-229E, a coronavirus that is genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2 but more safe to work.

The Waterloo team collaborated with Wilfrid Laurier University researchers to test the effectiveness of antiviral coatings on the glass and fabric of the N95 mask.

The results showed that other coatings did not have the same antiviral effect as copper or copper-containing compounds.

In addition, they found that in some cases “nanoscale thin films of copper can detach from the surface and quickly dissolve in droplets containing viruses, enhancing the virucidal effect “– said the lead author of the study, Louis Delumeau.

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