SELANGOR – Nippon Paint Malaysia has launched an anti-viral and anti-bacterial paint, the Nippon Paint VirusGuard, which has new added feature and is lab-tested to be 99% effective against the human coronavirus (strain 229E).
The Nippon Paint VirusGuard was tested against the Human Coronavirus, ATCC VR-740, strain 229E by Analytical Lab Group earlier this year. The VirusGuard demonstrated a 99.9% reduction in viral titer upon contact of the virus on the paint film. The human coronavirus (strain 229E) is the first coronavirus strain identified in the family of viruses, linked to common cold symptoms and respiratory tract infections.
The Nippon Paint VirusGuard utilises the Silver Ion Technology, that is also effective in mitigating the growth of viruses and bacteria such as the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), influenza A (H1N1), Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, in addition to the human coronavirus (strain 229E), when in contact with the paint film.
While the 229E strain is different from the coronavirus strain that is causing the current COVID-19 pandemic, respiratory diseases continue to impose an immense worldwide health burden and are among the most common causes of severe illness and death worldwide.
Safe for adults, children and even animals, the Silver Ion Technology prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria through a three-step approach:
- deactivation of the function of viruses and bacteria
- reducing its ability to multiply and reproduce and;
- inhibiting its growth which ultimately causes the death of the bacteria and viruses
The Nippon Paint VirusGuard is an environmentally-friendly coating solution that also comes with the Singapore Green Label Test certification.
With over 9,000 COVID-19 cases reported in Malaysia to date, Malaysians have undergone numerous stages of Movement Control Order (MCO) since 18 March, which led to the temporary suspension of businesses, educational facilities and various other activities.
Now, well into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), the Statistics Department revealed that nearly 70% of the workforce have resumed with the new normal, where strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and preventive measures are in place as per the COVID-19: Management Guideline for Workplaces by the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, all schools have also resumed for primary and secondary students as well as for selected private and public higher learning entities.
As businesses and individuals resume their daily activities in the new normal, Dr Chang Li-Yen, Associate Professor and Virologist from the Department of Medical Microbiology (Faculty of Medicine) of University of Malaya shared, “The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are here for the long haul. While Malaysia has a commendable track record in managing the COVID-19 cases, the new normal still needs to be threaded carefully.
“As we continue to lead our daily lives, be it at work or at home, it is critical to continue practicing and implementing basic actions to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Aside from social distancing efforts, washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask and sanitising ‘hotspots’ or ‘high touch points’ are critical preventive measures. ‘Hotspots’ refer to areas where there is increased risk of presence of infectious agents including viruses and bacteria.
“Examples of ‘hotspots’ are door knobs, tabletops, and even walls which are the largest surface in your home and office. As we come in contact with these ‘hotspots’ frequently, it is important to keep these areas clean, while maintaining a well-ventilated and good level of indoor wellness.”