How BioCote® Technology Can Help Reduce Cross-Contamination of Microbes: Eris variant of Coronavirus

How BioCote® Technology Can Help Reduce Cross-Contamination of Microbes: Eris variant of Coronavirus

3 min readPublished On: September 25th, 2023By
3 min readPublished On: September 25th, 2023By
Eris variant of Coronavirus

Recent hospitalisation data reveals that a new variant of coronavirus has emerged, the Eris variant or EG.5.1, now accounts for a significant portion of COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom. Experts warn of a potential surge in cases as we head into the autumn and winter months with the return to school of pupils and employees resulting in more time spent inside, ultimately aiding the spread of the variant. In the face of this new challenge, it becomes crucial to explore innovative solutions to reduce the risk of contamination and the spread of this and other microbes. This blog discusses the potential of BioCote® antimicrobial technology* to combat cross-contamination effectively.

Understanding the Eris Variant

Eris, a descendant of the Omicron variant, is becoming increasingly prevalent, raising concerns about the effectiveness of existing measures to control its spread. As students return to school and people spend more time indoors due to adverse weather conditions, the opportunities for Eris to spread are growing. The need for renewed protective measures, including mask-wearing and remote work, is being emphasised once again.

The Challenge of Microbial Cross-Contamination

Microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, can easily transfer from one surface to another during everyday activities. Some surfaces are more susceptible than others to cross-contamination, particularly shopping trolley handles and fuel pumps at petrol stations. Traditional disinfection methods can be a temporary effect but have their limitations. They rely on chemical performance and human precision, and they last only until recontamination takes place.

Introducing BioCote® Technology

BioCote® antimicrobial technology presents a promising solution to tackle the challenges of microbial cross-contamination. This innovative technology involves treating surfaces with antimicrobial agents, establishing a continuous and long-lasting defence against microbes. Unlike traditional disinfection methods, antimicrobial surfaces operate 24/7, ensuring that contaminants cannot survive exposure to the treated product or surface.

When BioCote® antimicrobial technology is combined with proper cleaning practices, the benefits become clear:

  • Reduced cross contamination: By inhibiting microbial growth on surfaces, BioCote® technology significantly lowers the risk of cross-contamination between different surfaces, thereby minimising the spread of unwanted microbes.
  • Long-lasting protection: The continuous protection provided by BioCote® technology means that surfaces remain actively antimicrobial. This antimicrobial property doesn’t wash off or wear out, ensuring a sustained defence against microbial cross-contamination.

Exploring innovative solutions to combat challenges like microbial cross-contamination is crucial for industries worldwide. BioCote® antimicrobial technology offers a continuous and effective approach to reduce microbial counts on products, while also providing additional benefits such as reducing odors, staining, and premature material degradation. By incorporating this technology into their products and adhering to proper cleaning practices, industries can create products that enhance hygiene and durability.

If you’re looking to reduce microbial cross-contamination, BioCote® antimicrobial technology is a top choice for many brands worldwide. For more information, or to schedule a consultation please call us on +44 (0) 2477 712 489 or contact us on [email protected] . Our team of experts is on hand to assist you in selecting the ideal technology for your specific material and intended use.

*Disclaimer: BioCote® Technology does not provide protection against viruses, including COVID-19 or its variants such as Eris. It is essential to understand that antimicrobial technology, like BioCote®, is primarily designed to inhibit the growth and proliferation of various microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, on product surfaces.

While BioCote® Technology can be effectively integrated into everyday products, it should not be relied upon as a sole measure for protection against viral infections. The technology works diligently to actively reduce the microbial count on the treated surfaces, which can offer benefits such as minimizing cross-contamination, reducing odours, staining, and premature material degradation.

Evolving EU Biocidal Products Regulation: Updates on Silver Zinc Zeolite

At the recent 50th Biocidal Products Committee (BPC-50) meeting held in February 2024, Silver Zinc Zeolite received positive support for approval as an active substance under multiple Product-types (PTs), including disinfectants (PT2), film preservatives (PT7), and fibre, leather, rubber, and polymerised materials preservatives (PT9. This endorsement signifies a crucial step towards regulatory acceptance.