Exercise Books are one of the most commonly and frequently handled items in a School, and with studies suggesting that up to 85% of junior pupils do not wash their hands effectively. They can be a major exposure pathway for bacteria including E. coli and MRSA.

The Exercise Book Company, working jointly with the Biomaster antimicrobial technology is primarily effective against bacteria, but it is also highly effective against the growth and proliferation of enveloped viruses on porous surfaces such as School Exercise and Handwriting Book covers and inner pages.

Covid-19 is a member of the Coronaviridae family of viruses, which includes Feline Coronavirus. They cause a broad spectrum of animal and human disease.  This group of viruses are enveloped and rely on a protective lipid coating. They are also the easiest types of virus to deactivate.

Unlike many gastrointestinal viruses such as Norovirus which have a tough protein shell called a capsid enveloped virus, viruses with this lipid coating are relatively vulnerable and easier to destroy.

Biomaster and viruses

When microbes land on an untreated paper surface they multiply. When they land on the surface of a Biomaster protected page or book cover, the silver ions trapped in the surface prevent microbial growth. Biomaster antimicrobial technology has been proven effective at reducing the viability of Norovirus and Feline Coronavirus on treated paper products.

In independent laboratory tests, analysis identified that Biomaster is effective at reducing the viability of Norovirus. The effects of the spray on the virus was measured after 5 minutes, 30 minutes and one hour. The outcome was a virucidal effect on the test virus by 93% in half an hour, and 99% within an hour.

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