Viruses can't reproduce by themselves. They contain instructions for how to copy themselves but lack the tools to do it. That's why viruses have two jobs: invade living cells and turn them into virus-making factories.
Some viruses have an external membrane envelope, and are called enveloped viruses.
The coronavirus is a type of enveloped virus. It usually causes mild illnesses such as the common cold, but can also lead to more serious infections such as COVID-19, SARS and pneumonia.
One key part of the virus is the spike protein. The spikes protrude from the surface of the virus and resemble a crown, or corona in Latin.
Coronaviruses use their spikes to infiltrate living cells. Once the virus enters the cell, it hijacks its internal machinery to make more copies of itself. The new viruses then leave the cell to infect other host cells.
Our Lonprotect products are effective in stopping the spread of enveloped viruses such as the avian coronavirus and avian influenza virus (H5N3), with test reports showing that viral activity was reduced by over 90% within an hour.
Before we understand how that works, let us first take a brief look at how viruses reproduce.
Viruses can spread from person to person mainly in droplets that fly out when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. A person can also be infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
Installing the Lonprotect wallpaper or flooring product in your home or workplace creates a more sterile environment. They not only act as a preventive measure against virus infections, but are also effective in eliminating infection-causing bacteria and preventing mould growth.
Enveloped viruses such as the coronavirus rely on their protective envelope to survive.
When the virus comes into contact with a Lonprotect surface, the active agents found in the vinyl chloride resin layer of the flooring decomposes its lipid envelope.
As the virus cannot survive without its envelope, it cannot invade living cells to replicate and is considered inactivated.