Boost for taxi in­dus­try war against killer virus

Pretoria News - - METRO - ED­WARD WEST

A CAPE TOWN com­pany has de­vel­oped a world first con­ver­sion to the stan­dard air-ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem in ve­hi­cles that can be ef­fec­tive in the fight against Covid19.

Hold­ing com­pany Can­biGold said it had designed a con­ver­sion to the stan­dard air-ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem in ve­hi­cles for the dis­per­sion of hypochlor­ous acid, proven to be ef­fec­tive in the fight against the coro­n­avirus.

Can­biGold chief ex­ec­u­tive Leon van der Linde said more than 200 000 minibus taxis trans­ported in ex­cess of 15 mil­lion com­muters ev­ery day.

Af­ter the lock­down is lifted, the taxi trans­port in­dus­try might be­come an in­cu­ba­tor for the virus, es­pe­cially as it gets colder, and this could lead to fur­ther lock­downs, Van der Linde said.

“To cir­cum­vent this prob­lem, we have be­come the first com­pany in the world to de­velop a sys­tem for the dis­per­sal of an anti-vi­ral and anti-bac­te­rial dis­in­fec­tant into ve­hi­cles,” he said.

The US Fed­eral Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion-ap­proved dis­in­fec­tant is sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to kill both viruses and bac­te­ria on gen­eral and hos­pi­tal sur­faces.

It has also been shown to kill viruses such as the Avian in­fluenza A (H5N1) virus and se­vere acute res­pi­ra­tory syn­drome coro­n­avirus.

It was added to the list of dis­in­fec­tants for use against the Covid-19 virus, pub­lished by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in the US last month.

Van der Linde said South Africa had some of the most strin­gent lock­down re­stric­tions.

“When things re­turn to ‘nor­mal­ity’, and peo­ple start us­ing mass trans­port net­works, we once again open our­selves up to in­fec­tion.

“Our ViroGold Taxi Sani­tiser Pro­to­col in­cludes the air ven­ti­la­tion dif­fuser sys­tem, as well as hand sani­tiser and mask spray, which is non-toxic and safe to in­hale.

“This will en­sure that the en­tire cabin or vehicle is sani­tised and safe for the trans­port of com­muters,” he said.

The com­pany in­tended to fo­cus on the taxi in­dus­try ini­tially as it was the coun­try’s most sen­si­tive pub­lic trans­port sys­tem at present, Van der Linde said.

“We plan to roll it out to other mass trans­port con­cerns such as bus com­pa­nies in the near future,” he said.

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