New Research Shows that AGC Glass Europe Coating Reduces COVID-19 Transmission
April 5, 2021
AGC Glass Europe supported research, now published in the Coatings Journal, which shows that float glass coated with its Planibel Easy coating has the potential to reduce infectious viral particles. The study’s results demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 viral particles, the infections particles of COVID-19, stayed active for a shorter time on coated glass after it had been exposed to daylight.
Research was conducted by the University of Namur, in Belgium, and used real human SARS-Co-2 viral particles at same concentration as the actual viral load observed in a cohort of patients infected with COVID-19. Comparing the coated glass to other materials, researchers found that the time needed to inactivate 90 percent of the SARS-Cov-2 viral particles is 37.5 percent shorter for Planibel Easy exposed to daylight than for float glass or acrylic glass. Researchers concluded that using Planibel Easy reduces the risk of viral transmission from touching surfaces.