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Self-sterilising plastic can kill viruses like Covid-19

Researchers in the UK have developed a virus-killing plastic that could make it harder for bugs, like Covid-19, to spread in hospital and aged-care homes.

The plastic works by reacting with light to release chemicals that break the virus.

Developed by a team at Queen’s University in Belfast the plastic could be made into protective gear like aprons and gloves.

The study showed the self-sterilising plastic killed viruses by the million, even tough species that linger on clothes and surfaces.

The technology used to create the film also ensures it is degradable, making it environment-friendly too.

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