Hull firm’s nanotech solution aims to stop Covid spread in its tracks – Business Live

Posted: November 29, 2020 at 6:43 am

A company has been launched in Hull to take an award-winning long-lasting antimicrobial solution aimed at easing the Covid crisis to the UK market.

As protective pandemic measures remain at the highest level with the second lockdown coming to an end, Cicada is ready to roll from a new Sutton Fields base.

A subsidiary of Pocklington-headquartered automotive industry specialist Duracare, it has been established after the product - part of a package of nanotechnology solutions for paint and interiors - was found to have the ability to create safe high-touch areas.

Now Cicada has formed a partnership with the Welsh-based distributor, with serious investment to consult, advise and apply in various settings, from offices and care homes to schools and nurseries.

Noel Parkinson, director, said: The coating forms a nano-scale layer of glass over the surface of base materials which not only makes them easier to clean as it repels liquid and dirt, it also provides a protective antimicrobial layer to constantly kill viruses, bacteria, moulds and fungi. The microbe is physically killed as the surface punctures the cells outer wall, rendering it inactive. This product provides a proven minimum 12-month antimicrobial protection to all treated areas.

The active ingredient comes from a break-through by Liquid Guard Technology, which saw it pick up a German innovation award last year.

Dermatologically tested, it has also been classed as excellent in terms of compatibility with skin contact, Mr Parkinson said.

An early adopter of the technology is Hull Collegiate School, where the leadership team felt the extra level of protection for all touch surfaces had potential to reduce the threat of infections.

Deputy head Chris Wainman said: In line with Government guidance we want to provide pupils with ongoing access to their education in school, within the safest possible environment. Local Covid-19 cases were at the highest levels in the UK, therefore the health and safety of pupils and staff has been at the forefront of our decision. The use of this treatment gives us confidence that we are taking every possible measure to protect pupils and their families.

Traditional disinfection and cleaning methods have limitations in busy areas such as walkways, entrances, dining and washroom facilities. Surface disinfection only kills the bacteria and viruses that are present on surfaces at that moment in time. Once the sanitising process is complete and people return to the area, they bring with them transient microbes, that are then immediately deposited through hand-surface-hand contact to any surface touched, and therefore continue the spread of infections.

A team of three has been established, with environments cleared for a six hour period to facilitate the procedure.

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