Antiviral cleaner certified to kill COVID-19
12 January 2021
MIRIUS, THE maker of Hycolin Antiviral disinfectants, has announced that its Hycolin Multipurpose Antiviral Surface Cleaner has been tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus by scientists using the NEN 14675 Standard Method, and has been proven and certified to be effective against this Novel Coronavirus that is the cause of COVID-19.
WBVR, working in collaboration with the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, is a global leader in science and is well-known and respected for its research into infectious diseases, notably in the important discipline of virology. The WBVR collaborates with public and private partners to safeguard animal and public health through prevention, eradication, and control of diseases. Research institutes like the WBVR are understandably deeply engaged in the science of the COVID-19 pandemic. To achieve their admirable and very necessary objectives the WBVR routinely handles viruses that are not available to the wider scientific community including laboratories that provide commercial disinfectant (antiviral) product testing services.
Due to the limited availability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in laboratories around the world, the usual approach to the assessment of ‘antiviral’ disinfectant products is to test the product against surrogate viruses that are used as replacements for the unavailable SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, obtaining an independently generated, empirical result of an antiviral product’s performance against the virus that causes COVID-19 is definitive and the ultimate goal in the context of antiviral disinfectant testing. WBVR have combined Mirius’ bestselling Hycolin Antiviral Disinfectant with the SARS-CoV-2 virus according to the specifications of the NEN 14675 Standard Method in order to measure the inactivation effect of Hycolin on the COVID-19 virus.
Dr Richard Hastings, Mirius’ microbiologist and technical lead comments: “Mirius are delighted and honoured to collaborate with the scientists at the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute in order to perform such a novel and important study to better describe the antiviral performance of its Hycolin products. To gain access to the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus is a huge privilege and highlights Mirius’s standing within the biosecurity community, especially as our products are under the scrutiny of world-leading virologists. This study outcome brings additional confidence to Hycolin users as being truly effective against the virological cause of COVID-19. It also demonstrates Mirius’ commitment to the ongoing global campaign against COVID-19 and the capability of Mirius to advance the science behind its best-selling products for the benefit of customers.”
Darren Langdon, Managing Director at Mirius comments: “We are proud to offer consumers this powerful and effective cleaning solution that specifically targets the virus that causes COVID-19. At Mirius we strive to offer powerful cleaning solutions to consumers at affordable prices, and our new Hycolin Multipurpose Antiviral Surface Cleaner will offer an even safer and effective way to protect homes from COVID-19. We are pleased to have worked with the scientists at the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research Institute in order to deliver this powerful cleaning solution.”
Hycolin is available in stores across the UK including Aldi, Lidl, Savers, Dunnes Stores Ireland.
For more information visit www.hycolin.com