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Hygienic coating could help schools return safely

With the debate about when it is safe to reopen schools to all children rumbling on, a hygienic coating could significantly raise the hygiene levels for pupils and staff.

According to Bromoco International, its TOUCH Antimicrobial coating could help protect against all viruses, including Covid-19.

Before the lockdown, the rise of positive cases was a strong indicator that existing preventative measures were not sufficient to prevent Covid-19's spread in schools.

But for a cost of less than £10 per child, this scientifically proven coating works like a permanent disinfectant, 24 hours a day for up to five years, raising the base level of protection against contamination and strengthening the effectiveness of the hygiene measures already implemented.

Developed in the UK in 2013, TOUCH Antimicrobial is the world's only permanent, retrofit, hard film, crystal clear coating that provides protection against enveloped viruses and bacteria including Covid-19 for all hard surfaces. It is already being used effectively in many institutions and organisations throughout the UK, including high security government buildings, while businesses and factories are also applying the product to help protect their employees. .

TOUCH is an easy to apply coating which dries to form a permanent, invisible layer of protection, creating an environment where pathogens cannot survive. It works by incorporating silver ions and sealing them onto the surface of the material treated, which disrupts the protective outer layer of the microbe so it cannot survive on contact with the coating.

Laboratory tests and real-life studies on products protected with TOUCH Antimicrobial show that 80 per cent of microbes are eradicated within 15 minutes, 90 per cent die within an hour of landing on the treated surface and up to 99.99 per cent are gone within two hours.

Tony Semple, technical director at Bromoco International, said: "TOUCH Antimicrobial coating is not the whole solution, but it is a major piece of the puzzle of ensuring schools and other public spaces and places of work have a solid, hygienically clean base level to support the existing cleaning regimes.

"Knowing that all surfaces in these buildings are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to protect everyone from getting ill will make it much easier to keep the country open and moving forwards. We believe the application of this extra layer of hygiene and raising the base level of protection really is a no-brainer."

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