A review study with the title ’Silver nanoparticles as potential antiviral agents’ is published in the journal Molecules. The article details how nanosilver particles exert their antiviral effects on seven examples of viruses.
Nanosilver and other forms of silver are now increasingly used for disinfection due to their antimicrobial properties. As with any new, innovative technology, the following questions are often asked about the application: 1. Can the products that are produced using this substance have a harmful effect on the human body? 2. Can certain bacteria become resistant to nanosilver?
Legionella is a bacterial genus comprising at least 50 species, of which Legionella pneumophila should be singled out as it is primarily reponsible for fatal legionellosis infections in some cases. The pathogenic role of the bacterium was not recognized until 1976, all of which came to light when a sudden outbreak of pneumonia broke out among Pennsylvania veterans in an air-conditioned hostel (hence the disease is called legionaires’ disease). Legionella bacteria can form a cohesive coating called biofilm, which can make it difficult to remove with conventional disinfectants. Due to the combined effect of the stabilized silver colloid and hydrogen peroxide, Nanosept is also able to destroy the pathogen hidden in the already formed biofilm and under its protection.
The genus Pseudomonas contains more than 140 species of bacteria, of which Pseudomonas aeruginosa has received the most attention, as this species is the most common cause of infections in humans. In addition to air conditioners, bacteria that settle in the humid environment of drains, toilet cisterns, hand basins and faucets rarely cause disease in people with healthy immune system, but in the case of weakened immune systems these infections show a high mortality rate. Pseudomonas is resistant to traditional disinfectants, so it is important to choose a more effective solution than these. Such is the Nanosept product family, which due to the effect of stabilized silver colloid and hydrogen peroxide is able to destroy pathogens hidden in biofilms.