“Anti-microbial ‘paint’ kills flu, bacteria”
E. coli O157H7
“A new ‘antimicrobial paint’ developed at MIT can kill influenza viruses that land on surfaces coated with it… If applied to doorknobs or other surfaces where germs tend to accumulate, the new substance could help fight the spread of the flu.”
The ‘antimicrobial paint’, which can be sprayed or brushed onto surfaces, consists of spiky polymers that poke holes in the membranes that surround influenza viruses. The polymers are also effective against many types of bacteria, including human pathogens Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, deadly strains of which are often resistant to antibiotics.
This looks like it could be worth developing – especially if, as this research suggests, microbes exposed to it do not become resistant. An application of this ‘paint’ is thought to last as long as a regular coat of paint.