How it works
Chlorine dioxide develops its disinfecting effect by oxidation. Electron transmission to the chlorine dioxide molecule destroys the cells of microorganisms spontaneously and effectively.
Experiences over the last 60 years have shown that germs are unable to develop resistance to this mechanism. This risk exists, for example, with the use of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).
Bacteria with peroxidase enzyme are able to protect themselves against H2O2. In addition, too low concentrations of chlorine (e.g. when using hypochlorite) can cause bacteria to become resistant to chlorine-containing disinfectants by mutation.
What it prevents
The concentration of active ingredients follows the recommendation of 250 ppm by IATA, which was issued for effective surface disinfection by chlorine dioxide in airport terminals to protect against COVID-19.
Chlorine dioxide has an oxidation power about 11 times higher than chlorine and 2.5 times higher oxidation power than hydrogen peroxide. As a result, chlorine dioxide is highly effective at low application concentration levels.
In addition, the effectiveness of chlorine or hydrogen peroxide compared to certain microorganisms is limited and partly pHdependent. Chlorine dioxide, on the other hand, has a wide biocides spectrum of action.
VS Organic Disinfectants (alcohol)
Efficacy against certain viruses and fungi is limited. There is also a risk of resistance. Alcohol only works at the time of contact, while chlorine dioxide has a long-term effect. Due to its flammable / explosive properties, alcohol is not suitable for nebulisation for air disinfection indoors.
Unlike Alcohol, CoviPure™ is pH-neutral, as well as free of allergens and fragrances.
CoviPure has been tested to European Norm standard and the tests were completed by independent test bodies BluTest Laboratories & Melbec Microbiology Ltd. CoviPure achieved a complete kill of the viruses, bacteria and fungi tested within the time frame of the test. CoviPure has been tested to the highest standards, which is for use in medical areas.
CoivPure was tested in Hand Disinfectant and Surface Cleaner form. A disinfectant completely kills germs whereas a sanitiser does not.
Chlorine Dioxide has been known as an extremely effective disinfectant for 200 years but it has been very difficult to generate a stable solution. Because of the efficacy, companies have sought various methods to produce chlorine dioxide but this has involved dissolving tablets or having sophisticated mixing systems. CoviPure is a major breakthrough as a stable, single solution ready to disinfect.
Another benefit of CoviPure is that bacteria can’t become acclimatised to it unlike other biocidal products. As a result a resistance can’t be built up.
Initially CoviPure will only be available B2B. CoviPure will be available in 500ml trigger spray, a 5 litre refill and a 20 litre refill. Further testing for the highest level sterilant is currently being carried out, and developments with formulation to produce concentrates are on the way.