Breakthrough pairs up the Soapy handwashing micro-station with an Israeli plant-based reagent proven to kill a virus more resistant than corona. Soapy’s hygiene micro station now includes a soap with a special ingredient that kills viruses.
Health experts say that handwashing is the best protection against coronavirus, which has infected 107,490 people since the end of December. However, regular soap and water cannot remove all the microbes. Now, two Israeli companies have joined forces to make your handwashing 100 percent effective in killing viruses — without harsh substances like bleach.
Soapy provides an optimal amount of water (taken from the atmosphere) and soap per 20-second handwashing. A computer vision interface verifies that the handwashing was done properly. On request, the soap will now include a plant-derived substance proven to kill tobamovirus – which is more resistant than coronavirus.
Soapy CEO, Max Simonovsky informed that their team was looking to develop the best sequence to disinfect viral residues on hands. An only-in-Israel story brought Soapy together with plant virology research scientist Aviv Dombrovsky from the Volcani Center Agricultural Research Organization in Rishon LeZion.
Several months ago, Dombrovsky started chatting with another dad when picking up his child from preschool. That dad works at Soapy and told Dombrovsky what they wanted to do. Another Israeli company, Green Life, produces a plant-based product that ARO use for soil disinfection. Dombrovsky simply put the two companies together. Soapy has the machine and Green Life has the reagent.
In December – before coronavirus hit China — the biodegradable Green Life product was tested in Soapy’ s soap formulation to see if it could kill tobamovirus on hands. The highly resistant tobamovirus survives high temperatures and remains on surfaces for more than a year. It is transmitted through contact, like coronavirus.
“Because it is so strong, we use tobamovirus as a model to test antivirals. If something can inactivate tobamovirus, it can inactivate a range of human viruses including coronavirus,” says Dombrovsky, who oversaw the testing. The recently released results show the combination of Green Life’s reagent and Soapy’s machine to be 100% effective in 72 samples.
“You can now use our technology to control the environment of hand hygiene,” says Simonovsky. “You’ll have the recommended 20 seconds of handwashing and also the right amount of the right reagent, the right amount of water at the right temperature, and feedback at point of use that everything was done properly.”
The machine and soap can be ordered from the Soapy website at a special discount that Simonovsky put in place due to the current crisis. The machine and soap are shipped worldwide. It is also supplied via a monthly subscription package. As of today, Israel has had 25 confirmed COVID-19 infections; three of these people have recovered.
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