Abacus bath Antimicrobial BioCote proven effective against Coronavirus strain (not Covid-19 yet)

We are delighted to report that antimicrobial BioCote, which is integrated into all our baths, has proven effective against a strain of feline Coronavirus, hopefully paving the way to protect against Covid-19.

Gemini 2000 bath

The award-winning Gemini 2000 bath from Abacus with inbuilt BioCote antimicrobial technology.

As part of the Gainsborough Healthcare Group, we are the only specialist bath manufacturer capable of providing built-in infection control. BioCote is a silver-ion additive which is included during the GRP manufacturing process so cannot be wiped or worn away. It provides 99.9% 24/7 protection against many harmful microbes such as Influenza H1N1, E.coli, Salmonella, and antibiotic-resistant MRSA. Microbes cannot survive on any material treated with BioCote and is more effective than traditional liquid detergents. Recent laboratory tests with BioCote have proven that a strain of Coronavirus (not Covid-19) can be combatted by up to 90% within two hours.

This evidence demonstrates the antiviral efficacy of BioCote against a member of the Coronavirus family. Testing continues however it is hoped that BioCote will be proven to help reduce the Covid-19 risk – opening up further advantages to disabled bathers and carers. Using an accessible bath at home or in a rehab facility provides safety and comfort for all. However, with the addition of antimicrobial properties greater peace of mind is achieved. BioCote is an invisible technology that is reliable and also helps with stain and odour reduction.

Peter Eckhardt, CEO, Gainsborough Healthcare Group, comments:

“Our proven and trusted BioCote treated baths continue to benefit vulnerable bathers, families and carers during these challenging times. The news that a strain of feline Coronavirus can be combatted effectively by BioCote is really encouraging, hopefully further tests will prove equally impressive in relation to Covid-19. Meanwhile our Abacus trusted assessors and engineers continue to safely support families and Occupational Therapists through our virus protection promise. Add to this our new live video assessments and bath demonstrations, and you’ll see our offering to clients is still unsurpassed.”