In the fight against COVID-19, health officials are researching techniques to reduce the spread of the virus. The pandemic has proven to be a catalyst in widespread interest for antimicrobial coating technology in both public and private settings, which has driven the demand for further antimicrobial research and funding.
How Do Antimicrobial Coatings Work?
Through cellular membrane perturbation, antimicrobial coatings can help prevent the growth and spread of germs, even after being repeatedly exposed to water or other contaminants. For example, metallic antimicrobial agents like silver and copper can be used against bacteria and viruses because their ions disrupt plasma membranes. By creating an inhospitable environment for viruses and other microorganisms, these coatings can reduce the risk of transmission due to contact with devices, products, and shared surfaces.
Challenges in Relation to COVID-19
Currently, researchers haven’t found a causal relationship that directly points to the effect of antimicrobial coatings on positive health outcomes. There’s a lack of documentation at the moment that captures the performance of this technology against the spread of COVID-19. Additional hurdles to making any claims about antimicrobial coatings and the coronavirus are the FDA and EPA’s regulatory approval processes. Typically, each of these can take years to complete. However, there is a possibility that this process may be expedited if high levels of effectiveness are displayed.
Work With a Trusted Partner in the Coating Industry
As COVID-19 has fundamentally altered sanitation standards and business practices, the urgency and demand for antimicrobial coating technology have surged. As an international leader in coating solutions, you can trust Transcontinental Advanced Coatings to create and deliver products that meet your organization’s needs. Quality and sustainability are at the heart of our operations, and our facilities across the globe allow us to provide flexible support for multinational clients. Our coating services are geared toward a range of market applications, including polyurethane films and foams used in wound care, ostomy, and medical devices, as well as hardcoated antimicrobial films used for touch panels, electronic displays, and various surfaces. Contact us today to learn more about how your business can benefit from our solutions.