What is the purpose of making a surface antiviral?
SteriStik silver ion additives kills Human Coronavirus NL63, other enveloped viruses, as well as bacteria which cause contamination and infection and prevents the spread of germs.
The purpose of SteriStik is not to create a sterile environment but a more hygienic solution around your workplace. We all know that being exposed to certain types of viruses and bacteria builds a healthy immune system, however, viral infections such as Coronavirus can be very serious and SteriStik film covers act as a complementary measure to routine cleaning.
does SteriStik antivirus kill Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is an enveloped virus, so called because of its fatty outer membrane or ‘envelope’ and SteriStik Antivirus is proven to kill Human Coronavirus NL63. Several of the active substances that SteriTouch use have been successfully tested against other enveloped viruses, such as Influenza, Avian flu and SARS. It would be reasonable to imply that those same active substances would be effective against COVID-19, but at this stage testing against COVID-19 is not available.
What can we do to best protect ourselves?
Coronavirus is transmitted in the same manner as other viruses including SARS and MERS, which is through respiratory droplets. These might be inhaled or ingested, through hand to mouth contact. For this reason, hand hygiene is of paramount important, more so than the use of masks which may be of limited benefit in preventing the inhalation of the virus. Regular and thorough hand washing, coupled with the use of sanitising products such as alcohol gels, whilst having SteriStik Antivirus applied to your surfaces is probably the best approach to minimising risk of infection. Current advice can be found on the websites of CDC (Centres for Disease Control), NHS, Public Health England and WHO (World Health organisation).
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