Created a ballpoint pen that destroys viruses with its plastic coating
German company Messmer has developed the first self-disinfecting ballpoint pen that prevents the transmission of infection through repeated hand-to-hand transfers.
In public places, different forms or paperwork are often required, and often all visitors are asked to use the same pen. Even if employees try to regularly disinfect it, the influence of the human factor does not guarantee thorough processing and absolute safety.
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The self-cleaning Messmer design is no different from a regular pen, but thanks to a special plastic coating it quickly neutralizes viruses on the surface. The company does not disclose the composition of the material, but laboratory tests have confirmed its effectiveness in the fight against even highly contagious infections, including coronavirus.
The team expects the new pen to be in demand in clinics, insurance companies and other institutions with significant traffic.
Although Messmer did not reveal the secret of its plastic, in March, Chinese chemists announced the development of an antimicrobial polymer coating that kills 99.9 of viruses, bacteria and spores.