Significant Advancement In Antimicrobial Nanocoatings Consumption Market: New Nano thin Antimicrobial Coating can Prevent and Treat Deadly Viruses

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  • 06-May-2021

Antibiotic resistance is a serious worldwide health threat that leads to the death of 700,000 people every year. If antibacterial therapies are not developed consistently, this threat will become disastrous, with 10 Million succumbing to it by the year 2050. The danger of antibiotic resistance is exceptionally crucial to address. If not, America might need to spend $US 100 Trillion in health care costs. Fungal infections, the lesser-known death burden, also causes the death of about 1.5 million people annually, and the numbers keep increasing. The threat of fungal infection is more prominent now with the advent of COVID-19 as Aspergillus (A Common Fungus) can lead to the death of Coronavirus patients as it causes deadly secondary infections. 

To curb this rapidly increasing danger, a research team has recently developed Nano thin antimicrobial coating, potentially preventing and treating deadly infections. The new superbug-destroying coating can be used to wound dressing and plants, helping prevent fatal fungal and bacterial infections. This is a significant advancement for Antimicrobial Nanocoatings Consumption Market as the coating made is extremely thin and immensely effective against a vast number of drug-resistant bacteria and fungal cells. Further, the advantage of using such coating is also that it leaves human cells unharmed. 

The development is based on an ultra-thin 2D material that hitherto was only of interest for next-generation electronics. The pathogens are the main cause of health burdens, and as their ability to resists drugs grows, their prevention is becoming harder and harder. The need of the hour is smart new weapons that don’t amplify the problem of antimicrobial resistance but will rage war on superbugs. The new nano-thin coating works as a dual bug killer that prevents the tearing of fungal and bacteria cells. This is something that microbes have been unable to do till now, and it would take millions of years to form such defenses. 

The team tested the effectiveness of the nano-thin layers of Black Phosphorous (BP) against five common bacteria strains like drug-resistant MRSA and E.coli. In addition, the test also included five types of fungus, including Candida Auris.

It was found that after only two hours, around 99 percent of the fungal and bacterial cells were dead. It is worth noting that the BP also degrades with time and completely self-disintegrates itself within 24 hours. This is an essential feature as it proves that the material will not be accumulated in the human body. 

The team has stated that further research is needed for this technology to be applicable in clinical settings. To further their study, the researchers have now started experimenting with distinct formulations to see the efficacy of the coating on a range of medically –relevant surfaces.

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