25 April 2020
Gainsborough bath antimicrobial BioCote technology proven effective against Coronavirus strain (not Covid-19 yet)
Gainsborough Specialist Bathrooms can report that its antimicrobial BioCote bath technology, is being tested to ascertain effectiveness against Covid-19, following proven results regarding feline Coronavirus, strain Munich.
Part of the Gainsborough Healthcare Group, Gainsborough Specialist Bathrooms is the only specialist bath manufacturer capable of providing a world-class level of integrated infection control technology within its products. BioCote antimicrobial protection consists of a silver-ion additive which is included during the GRP manufacturing process – therefore providing 99.9% 24/7 protection against an array of harmful microbes including Influenza H1N1, E.coli, Salmonella and antibiotic-resistant MRSA. BioCote cannot be wiped or worn away and hence enhances hygiene management and reduces the possibility of cross infection.
Recent laboratory tests with BioCote treated materials have proven that a strain of Coronavirus (not Covid-19) can be combatted by up to 90% within 2 hours. This evidence demonstrates the antiviral efficacy of BioCote technology against a member of the Coronavirus family – possibly paving the way to proven effectiveness against Covid-19.
Independent research and BS ISO 21702:2019 compliant testing continues on behalf of BioCote in relation to Covid-19. The aim of this project is to confirm with certainty whether the virulence properties of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) are affected by BioCote technology – testing is being repeated on the actual pandemic strain.
Peter Eckhardt, CEO, Gainsborough Healthcare Group, comments: "The proven effectiveness of our BioCote antimicrobial technology continues to benefit vulnerable bathers and care staff during these challenging times. Our specialist care baths deliver an outstanding reduction in infection risks and cross contamination particularly within high traffic, communal bathing facilities. The news that a strain of feline Coronavirus can be combatted effectively by BioCote is encouraging news, hopefully further tests will prove equally impressive in relation to Covid-19. Our engineers continue to service and support our accessible, Superbug-beating bathing solutions in care homes and other healthcare facilities – enhanced by the safety of our protection promise."