Analysis of Sychem Control effectiveness against Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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An overview of Sychem Control effectiveness against Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be advised that whilst Sychem Control is a chlorine-free, alcohol-free disinfectant technology it is proven to be highly effective against both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses, as well as bacteria, bacterial spores and fungi. In formal testing at accredited laboratories to the internationally recognised EN 14476 Virucidal Efficacy test protocol, Sychem Control is proven to kill 99.999% of enveloped viruses (such as coronavirus) and non-enveloped viruses within minutes of contact. Sychem Control has already been proven to be effective against several different types of coronavirus including;

•SARS–associated coronavirus

•Human coronavirus (VR-740)

•Canine coronavirus (VR-809)

Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus there is NO commercially available virucidal efficacy test that can be used for any disinfectant against this specific virus at this point in time (March 2020). As a specific COVID-19 efficacy test does not currently exist, no disinfectant on the market can claim to be effective against the specific COVID-19 virus causing the current pandemic. 

However, since Coronavirus (COVID-19) is classified as an ‘enveloped virus’, its physical structure is similar to other ‘enveloped viruses’ which in this case means that the COVID-19 capsid containing the nucleic acid essential to viral replication is surrounded by a lipid membrane, similar to other enveloped viruses such as influenza and the three coronaviruses listed above. 

The lipid based membrane ‘envelope’ of all enveloped viruses (including COVID-19) contains lipids and proteins and it is these proteins which bind to receptors on host cells and enable the virus to ‘infect’ the host cells (i.e. result in a human infection). 

A key benefit of Sychem Control is that in addition to the physical disruption of the lipid envelope surrounding the COVID-19 virus, Sychem Control will also denature the binding proteins within the envelope and the capsid itself. See Figure 1 below for further information. 

Essentially by: (1) disrupting the lipid envelope, (2) changing the shape and structure of the virus binding proteins, and (3) denaturing the proteins of the virus capsid, Sychem Control effectively dismantles the physical structure of enveloped viruses and renders them ineffective and therefore unable to cause infection.

Therefore by using Sychem Control to clean and disinfect environmental surfaces, these multiple points of attack offered by Sychem Control gives a comprehensive ‘belt and braces’ approach to reducing the risk posed by COVID-19 on any environmental surface. In addition, any other problematic bacteria, bacterial spores, viruses or fungi on the surfaces cleaned with Sychem Control will also be controlled, thereby resulting in a cleaner, safer environment for all.

For further information, you can read our comprehensive technical bulletin on the effectiveness of Sychem Control against coronavirus (COVID-19) here.

What is Sychem Control? 

Sychem Control is a high level disinfectant technology platform offering safe, effective, user friendly single step cleaning and disinfection across a wide range of industries from healthcare to educational establishments to food processing to veterinary
science.

The Sychem Control technology platform is based around the quaternary ammonium compounds didecyldimethyl ammonium chloride (DDAC) and benzalkonium chloride (BAC) with an adjuvant effect to supercharge its antimicrobial efficacy.

A joint paper published by the UK Health Protection Agency Microbiological Services Division, Porton Down, Salisbury and the UK Health Protection Agency Centre for Infections, London, listed a disinfectant using didecyldimethyl ammonium as one of the most potent, effective high level disinfectants available.

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