Scientists offer “liquid gloves” to hold off viruses
5 Apr '20
Researchers at the Lobachevsky University (UNN) in Nizhny Novgorod, in the mid-Volga area, have developed special gel for lasting hand protection against viruses and bacteria. The development was reported by the federal news daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
The source quoted Mikhail Gorshenin, the deputy director of UNN’s Center for Innovative Medical Instrumentation Development, as saying that their new gel is based on a natural silver-enhanced polymer. When applied moderately onto hands, the gel is reported to dry up and form very thin film that protects the skin against bacteria and viruses. The person can hardly feel the film at all.
At the initial stage of project development in partnership with Nizhny Novgorod’s Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics, the team aimed to create a solution that would protect doctors’ hands against intra-hospital infections. The researchers proved experimentally that silver could be a powerful enemy for viruses and germs of a very wide spectrum, including flu, herpes, HIV, and even bacteria that can resist antibiotics.
An interest in the research has grown exponentially in the recent months as the coronavirus pandemic is flooding the world. The team is stepping up work to make the invention accessible by many.