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Panasonic air conditioner inhibits coronavirus in lab tests

UK: A Panasonic Etherea air-conditioner using the Japanese manufacturer’s nanoe X air cleaning technology has been verified by a leading independent viral test lab to inhibit the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

France’s Texcell SA, a spin-off of the Pasteur institute of Paris, verified 91.4% of the inhibitory effect on the novel coronavirus in a space of 6.7m3 over 8 hours.

Tests last year by the same laboratory are said to have proved the efficacy of the nanoe X technology in a small 45-litre test space of using nanoe X generator. 

In these latest tests gauze saturated with SARS-CoV-2 virus solution was exposed to the Etherea air conditioner with nanoe X from a distance of 0.7m for 24 hours. After 24 hours, the inhibition rate was said to be 99.7%.

Panasonic warns that this latest test was carried out in a closed laboratory environment and was not designed to assess its efficacy in uncontrolled living spaces. 

The nanoe X generators clean and deodorise the air by producing nano-sized hydroxyl radicals (also known as OH radicals). These have been shown to inhibit the growth of certain pollutants such as allergens, bacteria, viruses, moulds, odours and certain hazardous substances, by breaking them down and inhibiting their unpleasant effects. 

Panasonic has been conducting research on nanoe technology over the past 20 years since 1997 and has verified its effectiveness in a variety of areas, including inhibiting pathogenic micro-organism (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) and allergens, breaking down PM 2.5 components that have adverse effects on the human body.

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