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Novochem and TSU will produce an additional 100 tons of disinfectants

© предоставлено пресс-службой ТГУNovochem and TSU will produce an additional 100 tons of disinfectants

TOMSK, Mar 24 – RIA Tomsk. The Novochem company together with chemists of Tomsk State University (TSU) will release in addition to the plan more than 100 tons of antibacterial disinfectants supplied to cleaning companies and medical facilities, production growth is associated with the threat of the spread of coronavirus, the university’s press service said on Tuesday.

It is noted that the produced disinfectants are effective against bacteria, including pathogens of nosocomial infections, tuberculosis mycobacteria, Candida fungi, dermatophytes, viruses, HIV infection, and acute respiratory viral infections. They can be used to process rooms in hospitals, disinfect surfaces, sanitary equipment and carry out general cleaning.

Novochem together with TSU chemists will release an additional 100 tons of disinfectants by the end of March, which is significantly more than the usual production volume. The products will be shipped to a wide range of consumers, including Moscow cleaning companies, medical institutions, beauty salons and other organizations", – is said in the report.

It is specified that now the company produces six products developed jointly with chemists of TSU, half of which are used in agriculture, and half – in everyday life and medicine. Last year, about 15 tons of disinfectants were released, this year it was planned to reach a volume of 30-40 tons.

"The global problem of coronavirus posed a challenge - to urgently increase the release of disinfectants. It was not easy because of the logistic problems and difficulties in the supply of raw materials. But now we can say with confidence that we are ready to fully provide our consumers with disinfectants", – the director of the TSU Engineering Chemical Technological Center (TSU ECTC) Alexey Knyazev is quoted in the message.

It is added that coronavirus – is an enveloped virus, and it is completely inactivated by 70% alcohol (ethanol, isopropanol), on the basis of which household antiseptics are made. According to the press service, the surfaces can also be treated with alcohol, but it will not kill all bacteria, and the consumption of the product will be very high.

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It was previously reported that an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 was recorded in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. On March 11, WHO announced a coronavirus pandemic. Doctors discovered a coronavirus infection in the first patient of the Tomsk region on March 18. On the same day, a high alert regime was introduced in the region. Universities and colleges are transferred to the distance learning format, mass events are prohibited.

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