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Bacteria, Begone: Nippon releases new anti-viral auto coating

Osaka, Japan – Nippon has released a new car interior coating intended for vehicles with frequently changing passengers, like taxis or car rentals. Named the Protection Car Interior VK Coat, it has the potential to reduce viral and bacterial presence by 99.9 percent, according to Nippon.

This is achieved through hybrid photocatalyst – to simplify, the coating overloads pathogens with light energy. Going back to science class for a moment, this includes light waves we can’t see like the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum.

Note that this coating only claims to kill cells on its surface. It will not protect you from airborne pathogens, like a sneezing child or house pet.

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